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SPRING 1997 


^54^m2 the Grade 

An inside Look 


The Program for 

the Exceptionally Gifted 

President' s Message 

/ had a long, newsy letter composed fur this space. Then, shortly before this magazine 
went to press, something extraordinary happened - something every college president 
dreams about. This is the press release we sent out: 

MBC Receives $10 Million 

Mary Baldwin College announced today [April tS, 1997) that an anonymous 
donor has made a cash gift commitment of $ 10 million. This is the largest cash gift 
ever received by Mary Baldwin, and among the largest ever given to a women's 
college. This gift is unusual not only in its si:e hut also in its purpose, which is to 
use as funding for several one-time projects. 

The donor said, "1 believe that Mary Baldwin College has a bright future, and 
that in the C(iming years it will become known nationally as the college for women 
who want to learn leadership and as a place where ethics and standards are high. 
I wanted to help make that happen." 

The gift will allow MBC to enhance facilities and educational opportunities in 
the areas of technology, math and science, and restoration of historic buildings. 
"This is not for business as usual," comments Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, president of 
MBC. "This money will be used to directly improve the quality of the education 
we offer our students and will help position Mary Baldwin for the 2 1st century. We 
used to talk about what we would do in the future. Well, the future is now." 

Included in the $10 million are funds to restore the historic Administration 
Building and the adjoining McClung Residence Hall. The Administration Build- 
ing, the college's first permanent structure, was built in 1844 and is listed on the 
National Register of Historic Places. Two U.S. presidents, Woodrow Wilson and 
Dwight D. Eisenhower, spoke from its portico. The gift provides for badly needed 
structural repair, replacement of the electrical, heating and air conditioning, 
plumbing and fire-protection systems, and asbestos removal. In the Agnes 
McCluiig Residence Halt, student rooms will be renovated to current standards of 
technology, comfort, and safety. 

The anonymous gift also provides funds for upgrades to science and math 
laboratories in the Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science Center and other academic 
buildings to better accommodate individual student research and technology and 
to increase safety and accessibility. It will also fund substantial technology and 
computer laboratory improvements, including a multi-modal language lab, as well 
as provide for training to ensure that faculty and students can use the new 
technology to maximum educational advantage. 

This is an important moment in the evolution of MBC, something to build imjor 
the future. I rejoice with you. Thank you all for the enormous effort, dedication, and 
love that you give to Mary Baldwin. It is the foundation out of which gifts like this 
become possible. 




VoL W, No- 2 Spnng 1997 

Eiicor: Sarah H- O'Connor 

Arc D&eaion Gtetcfeoi L. SfaiCiraaii 

AssiaTTOF EdiEDcr Jy'liiciieHe HJee Martin 

Fiiblicattons AJvisory Boaid: 
Saiafa. H- O'Connor, Gretchen L- Shtiman 
Sara Berfi Bearss '32, Sue Captes '60, 
Dr. Bcenda BcyariE, Brenda Chandler, 
jame G. Komegay '83, Dr. James D- Loa, 
Lpliaj- Peirersson, Dr. Robert Reich, 
Dr. Celeste Rhodes, Dr. Kathleen Strnehait, 
Dr. Heather WiLsDn, Dr. Eliiabeth Roberts, 
Dacrie Brooks '98 

Assooare BiiBoiis: 

Kathleen Kenig Bytbrd '63 

Efciberfi AHin Collins '6 1 

Claire Elirabedh Garrison '91 ADP 

Susan Masste Johnson '67 

Yroone Pover 

Nfary Shilicng Shannon '5 3 

Cover design kf Gretchen L. Shuman 
fraWffing PEG saidenns Sarah Francisco '97 
and Tenea Watsom "98 

T7t£ Mi37 Btiiium J-^igffl^jnif is pcihilished 

twice a irear by Vlary Baldwin Cotle^ 

Office ofCottege RelarioEis, 

Sratmton, VA 24401. 

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Affl rigliB teserved. 

Mary Baldwin College does eot diserimiiRate 
on the basis of sex j except that men aie 
admiiLted only as -ADF and graduate stmients), 
race, natioiial origin, color, age or disability in 
its educational pTograms, admissions, co- 
onrfottar or other activities, and employmenc 
ptacrices. In^tiiries may be directed to Dean of 
Swdeniis, Mary Baldwin College, Statmcon, 
VA 24401; 540-887-7023. 

10 I Write 

An Interview by Sarah H. O'Connor 

Doenges Scholar/ Artist David Bradley 
talks about how his writing has evolved. 

14 Beyond Making the Gr.ade 

by Sarah Cox 

An inside look at the Program for 
the Exceptionally Gifted 

18 Prends Courage 

by Ann White Spencer 

Ann Allen Savoy '74 
Making Cajun Music History 


2 Campus News 

6 News Bytes 

8 Newsmakers 

25 Alumnae Notes 

26 Chapters in Action 

lOiEs pufcHkaCBDCi is prinEeii on rec7d:evi paper. 

campus news 

Is Honor Still Alive? 

The college takes a 
day off to talk about it 

by David Meeks 

Upon first entering Mary Baldwin College, all 
freshtnen sign the following pledge: "Believing in the 
principles of student government, I pledge myself to 
uphold the ideds and regulations of the Mary Baldwin 
community. I recognize the principles of honor and 
cooperation as the basis of our life together and shall 
endeavor faithfully to order my life accordingly and to 
encourage others to fulfill the ideals of the system." 

The more than 1,200 students at the school say 
they will abide by the honor code, that they will not 
lie, cheat, steal or plagiarize. Their signatures on the 
pledge prove it. 

But according to Dr. Virginia Francisco [MBC 
'64], professor of theatre, the college, like many 
communities in this country, is struggling to apply 
the concept of honor to a diverse population made 
up of individuals with differing opinions of what 
"honor" means. 

So the students and faculty took a day off 
[February 19] to talk about it. Classes were 
canceled, and students instead took part in a 
day-long discussion of the school's honor and 
judicial systems. 

"We are evaluating the college's honor and 
judicial systems, and determining if any 
improvements need to be made," Dr. Francisco said. 
Dr. Francisco is a member of a committee made up 
of students, faculty and staff that has been studying 
the honor system at the school. She said no one 
event led to the study, no cheating or other scandal 
that would shatter the faculty's confidence in the 
students' morals. 

In fact, most students at the school say that the 
college's honor system works well. Students still 
take their final exams on their own, without professors 
or proctors present to watch for cheating. 

And Robin Mathena, chair of the student 
Judicial Council, said most of the cases the council 
handles are related to underage alcohol consumption 
and violations of the school's male visitation policy. 

Instead, Dr. Francisco said the move to study 

the honor system arose from a gradual erosion of the 
concept of honor among students all across the 

A recent study showed that 78 percent of high 
school students reported cheating on tests. Another 
reported that 98 percent allowed another student to 
copy their work. "The world beyond the campus is 
changing," Dr. Francisco said. "Students think that 
cheating is no big deal." 

The College of William and Mary instituted the 
first honor system in 1779. Nearly every college in 
Virginia now has an honor system, most of which are 

Students who violate the code are investigated 
and, if need be, punished by fellow students. At 
Mary Baldwin, penalties for honor code violations 
range from warnings to expulsion. 

The college also has a student-run judicial system 
with a written code of student conduct governing 
everything from male visitation to alcohol and drugs. 

Students who violate the code of conduct face 
penalties similar to those handed out for honor code 
violations. Violators are also investigated and 
punished by fellow students. 

On Wednesday [Feb. 19], students attended 
seminars on research documentation, citing Internet 
sources, ethics and the need for student cooperation. 

Students also got a first-hand look at the 
honor and judicial councils at work through mock 
trials of student violations. Student trials are 
conducted in secret, a practice the students said 
may need to be changed. 

Ms. Mathena, a senior from Marion, VA, said 
she has noticed, over the past two years in particular, 
more judicial violations. She said a growing number 
of students are reluctant to turn themselves or other 
students in for violations. 

"The make-up of the campus is changing," she 
said. "We're growing in size, but we just have more 
students in the same amount of space." 

Ms. Mathena said she understood the faculty's 
alarm at the trend, and conceded some modifications 
to the process are needed. However, she said the 
heart of the honor code — that students will not lie, 
cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do — must 
remain. And the students, she said, must be both 
responsible and accountable for their actions. 

Stephanie Gittinger. 

freshman from Annandale, VA 

■■ This was the first time MBC 
observed such a day, and I 
heard varying opinions on it, 
ranging from 'this Is 
pointless' to 'what took 
them so long?' Personally, 
I enjoyed Honor Day. I 
thought it was extremely 
helpful in understanding 
how the honor and judicial 
systems really work, and 
in deciding if there were 
aspects of it that needed 
to be changed. '^ 


This article is reprinted with permission of The Leader Publishing Company. 
It appeared in the Staunton Daily News Leader on February 20. 1997. 

Robin IVIatliena. 

senior from Marion. VA 

A growing number of 
students are reluctant to 
turn themselves or other 
students in for honor code 
violations, so some 
modifications to the process 
may be needed. But. the 
heart of our honor code — 
that students will not lie, 
cheat or steal, or tolerate 
those who do — must 
remain. It is something I 
hold dear. '' 

Spring 1997 

MBC Students Win Prestigious Scholarships 

Kristina Justice 

Jennifer Hugties 

Suzanne Ray 

Dacrie Brooks 

VWIL Cadet Receives 
UPS Scholarship 

Freshman VWIL cadet Kristina 
Justice of Woodstock, VA, 
received one of 15 United Parcel 
Service Scholarships given to 
private Virginia colleges and 
universities. UPS Scholars receive 
a $2,750 scholarship based on 
academic success and financial 
need. Robert A. Spivey, president 
of the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges, said that 
each of Virginia's 15 independent 
colleges received a scholarship to 
award at their discretion from the 
UPS Foundation's Education 
Endowment Fund. The UPS 
Foundation is the charitable arm 
of the United Parcel Service. 

Two IVIary Baldwin 
Students Chosen as 
1997 George C. Marshall 

MBC students Jennifer Hughes and 
Suzanne Ray were named as two of 
the 20 George C. Marshall 
Undergraduate Scholarship 
recipients for 1996-97. The George 
C. Marshall Foundation in 
Lexington announced the 
scholarships in December. 
Students are chosen from Virginia 
colleges and universities and are 
nominated by their professors. 

Jennifer Hughes is a senior 
history major from Dahlgren, VA. 
SuzanneRay, ajuniorfromEatonton, 
GA, is majoring in political science 
and history. She will research and 
develop a paper on women's 
involvement in World War 1. 

The Marshall Research Library 
is the repository for the papers of 

General George C. Marshall, World 
War II Army chief of staff, former 
secretary of state and defense, and a 
1953 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The 
library also holds 150 other 
collections, and thousands of 
photographs, posters, maps, oral 
histories, films and videos of both 
World War I and II. 

The Marshall Undergraduate 
Scholarship Program offers a 
unique opportunity for 
outstanding Virginia college 
students to conduct original 
research and to develop a paper 
related to the time period of 
General Marshall, 1900 to 1960. 
Each participant's paper is 
displayed in the library and 
becomes part of the permanent 

Each Marshall Scholar receives 
$200 upon completion of his or her 
research paper, and a $500 award is 
given to the author of the paper 
considered to be the most outstanding 
of the year. 

Seven ADP Students 
Receive 1996-97 Loyalty 
Fund Scholarships 

The Adult Degree Program Loyalty 
Fund Scholarship Committee 
awarded $ 1 ,000 scholarships to the 
following ADP students: Debra 
Morse Beale, Sharon H. Bradley, 
Deborah J. Brown, Vickie S. Budge, 
Loren Intolubbe-Chmil, Mary Ann 
Mummert and Alan Smith 

To be eligible for a Loyalty Fund 
Scholarship, applicants must be 
degree seeking students with a GPA 
of 3.5 or higher. Scholarships are 
awarded for academic achievement 
and service to ADP, the college and 
the community. 

This year's scholarship 

recipients are active in their 
communities. Their activities 
include providing foster care, 
teaching Sunday School, 
facilitating a parenting group at a 
women's shelter, providing care for 
a terminal cancer patient, teaching 
emergency pediatric care to 
paramedics, and volunteering at a 
United Way counseling agency. 

Hampton Roads Black 
Media Professionals 

Dacne Brooks, a sophomore from 
Grafton, VA, has been awarded a 
$1,000 scholarship from the 
Hampton Roads Black Media 
Professionals, a communicators 
group from the Tidewater area of 
Virginia. To be eligible for the 
scholarship, students must be 
majoring in a communications 
field and maintaining a 3.0 
cumulative GPA. They must also 
write an essay on a given topic. 
Dacrie's topic was "Must black 
journalists serve as advocates for 
their culture or be objective at 
all times?" 

Dacrie is a communications 
major, and she serves as a student 
representative to Mary Baldwin 
College's Publication Advisory 
Board. She was also the first 
recipient of Mary Baldwin College's 
Central Fidelity Minority Student 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1997 


Virginia State Senator Emily Couric 

Virginia State Senator Emily Couric will address the 
155th graduating class ot Mary Baldwin College during 
Commencement exercises, Sunday, May 25, on the 
Martha S. Grafton Library terrace. 

Senator Couric of Charlottesville, VA, represents 
the Commonwealth's 25th district, which includes 
Charlottesville and the counties ot Alhermarle, Greene, 
Madison, Nelson and a part of Orange. In 1995, during 
her first year in office. Senator Couric became the first 
freshman senator to receive the Outstanding Legislator 
of the Year award from the Virginia Sheriffs Association. 

She serves on three standing Senate committees: 
Education and Health; Agriculture, Conservation, and 
Natural Resources; and Rehabilitation and Social 
Services. Sen. Couric has concentrated her public service 
career in education, including two terms on the 
Charlottesville School Board, which she also chaired. 
She has served on the hoards of more than a dozen 
community organizations, ranging from the Boys & Girls 
Club to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging. 

Sister Friends: Sharing a 
Little Time, IVIal<ing a Big 

Sister Friends, a mentoring program designed 
in the spring of 1 996 by MBC Associate Dean 
of Students Marsha Mays, has been a double 
blessing for Mary Baldwin College. "Our 
program is a two-way street," says Mays. 
"Through this program we are establishing a 
vital and important connection between 
MBC and the local community, and at the 
same time we are engaging MBC students in 
the community and providing an extended 
family for them." 

The Sister Friends program pairs African- 
American MBC students with African- 
American women leaders of the Staunton, 
Waynesboro and Augusta County 
communities. Mays says, "There are a limited 
number of African-American role models in 
the MBC community for our students to 
connect with, and the African-American 
student population is steadily growing. 

"We want our minority students to feel 
connected. Many of their families live far 
away. Their mothers, aunts and sisters who 
serve as role models are distanced from them. 
The Sister Friends program extends the 
student's family and provides a friend with 
whom to share life experiences and advice." 

This fall, 13 students were paired with 
Sister Friend leaders from the local 

community. The students met their 
mentors for the first time during a tapping 
ceremony in October. 

"The addition of the Office of 
African American Affairs has been a 
great help in getting the Sister Friends 
program started," says Mays. "Director 
Andrea Cornett-Scott is very committed 
to the program, and she has been 
instrumental in its implementation. The 
support from the local community has 
also been beneficial." With the help of 
Angela Vann of the Staunton/Augusta 
Matrons Progressive Club, Mays 
identified mentor prospects and solicited 
their support through a letter writing 
campaign in the spring of 1996. "From 
our first letter, we garnered over 40 
prospects," she says. "Fifteen women were 
able to begin serving as mentors this 
year, and of those who had scheduling 
conflicts, all said that the program was a 
great idea and that they were interested 
in helping in the future." 

Mays says that a number of Virginia's 
college and universities have successful 
minority student mentoring programs. The 
program at Virginia Commonwealth 
University, in particular, sparked her 
interest. "They have a larger pool of mentors 
to solicit from in Richmond, but our local 
area is also wealthy with volunteers. We 
were very careful to choose a wide variety of 

women to serve as Sister Friends. We have 
women in their 20s and women who have 
retired. There were no college degree 
requirements or other exclusive criteria, 
because there are a variety of gifts that 
people can give. We wanted women who 
were interested in the program and in 
befriending the students and becoming a 
significant presence in their lives." 

Always one to he looking ahead. Mays 
says she has plans to improve the Sister 
Friends program next year by developing 
a questionnaire to utilize in pairing Sister 
Friends by common interests. 

Sister Friend mentor Cynthia Gray, 
who is vice principal of Robert E. Lee 
High School in Staunton, says, "I was 
happy to become a mentor for this 
program. It is important for MBC students 
of different cultures to be able to connect 
with people locally. It makes them feel a 
part of a broader community." 

Kathy Casey Smith, who works in the 
MBC Office of Summer Programs, is a Sister 
Friend mentor to freshman Shanice Penn of 
Richmond. "This program is wonderful. I've 
met Shanice's mother and some of her family, 
and Shanice and 1 have gone shopping and 
dined out. It's great to give of yourself, even 
if it's just listening when your student needs 
someone to talk to. The students seem very 
interested in the program. They appreciate 
having someone close to pal around with." 

inwiN College M.« 

faculty/staff highlights 


Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. 
Carrie Douglass published her hook Bulls, 
Bullfights and Spanish Idehtities through 
Arizona University Press in March. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science 
Laura van Assendelft's book Governors, 
Agenda Setting and Divided Government was 
published by University Press of America in 
February 1997. 

Professor of Health Care Administration 
Dr. Steven Mosher published his article 
"The Regionalized Integrated Health Care 
System of Quebec: A Model for the United 
States" in Vol. 22 of Quebec Studies. In 
December, Dr. Mosher accompanied 1 1 
Health Care Administration Program 
students to the annual Virginia Rural Health 
Association conference. Dr. Mosher is a 
member of the VRHA board of directors. 

Associate Professor of Psychology' Dr. Leslie 
Novack published with David R. Novack 
"Being Female in the 80s and 90s: Conflicts 
Between New Opportunities and Traditional 
Expectation" in SexRoles, Vol. 35, 1996. She 
also published with UVA Professor of 
Psychology Dr. John R. Bonvillian a paper, 
"Word Recall in Deaf Students: The Effects 
of Different Coding Strategies," in Percepnwi 
and Motor Skdls, Vol. 83, 1996. 

Assistant Professor of Communications 
Dr. Robert Reicli has coauthored a paper 
accepted for publication by Communications 
Reports . The paper addresses the role of screen 
size in viewer responses to television fare. 

Associate Dean for the Adult Degree Program 
Dr. Kathleen Stinehart published her article 
"Technology Spawns Collaboration, 
Change" in the January 1997 issue of 
Continuing Higher Education Review. 

Associate Dean for the Adult Degree Program 
Dr. Kathleen Stinehart and Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities Jane 
Kornegay published their article "Adult 
Appeal," on working with older, 
nontraditional alumnae/i and students, in the 
April 1997 issue of CASECuTrents magazine. 

Director of Computer Information 
Services Bill Betlej joined three other 
college informations services directors 
to present "Managing the WWW: A 
Delicate Balance Between Control 
and Anarchy" at the CAUSE 
conference in San Francisco in 
December. CAUSE is the 
international collegiate association 
for managing and using information 
resources in higher education. The 
group's presentation was put together 
entirely on-line and the presenters 
didn't formally meet each other until 
the morning of their presentation. 
Their presentation was one of the 
highest selling audio tapes and was 
placed on the CAUSE web homepage 
in RealAudio format. 

Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. 
Amy McCormick Diduch presented 
her paper "Teaching Case Studies in 
Introductory Economics" at the 
annual meeting of the American 
Economics Association in New 
Orleans in January. 

ADP Assistant Professor of Education 
Dr. Karen Dorgan presented a 
session for elementary and middle 
school teachers on "Teaching 
Fractions: Going Beyond the 
Textbook" at the Eastern Regional 
Conference of the National Council 
of Teachers of Mathematics in 
Baltimore in October. She presented 
a similar session at the Western 
Regional Conference in San Jose, 
CA, in March. 

Dr. Carrie Douglass, assistant 
professor of anthropology, presented 
her paper "To Be or Not To Be: 'Ser' 
and 'Estar' and the State" at the 
American Anthropological 
Association meeting in San Francisco 
in November. Her paper was part of 
the session titled "Southern Europe 
and the Anthropology of 
Ethnography." She also hosted a 
luncheon roundtable discussion on 
"Teaching Anthropology in a 
Foreign Language Department." 

ADP Assistant Professor of Busines. 
Dan Dowdy was appointed membership 
chair of the Association forContinuing 
Higher Education Region 5. He also 
serves as advisor for MBC students 
involved in the recently-organized 
Roanoke Valley student chapter of the 
Society for Human Resource 
Management. This chapter is one of 
the few in the country that includes 
representatives from different colleges. 
Joining MBC students are students from 
Roanoke, Hollins, Bluefield and 
Virginia Western Community Colleges. 

Professor of English Dr. Joseph 
Garrison Jr. served as keynote speaker 
at Greensboro College's third annual 
Founder's Day celebration in January 
in Greensboro, NC. The event 
commemorated the chartering of the 
college in December 1838. 

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Roderic 
Owen and MBC Chaplain Rev. 
Patricia Hunt gave a presentation on 
the college's Carpenter Quest Program 
and led a discussion on ecumenical 
dialogue and spiritual growth in a liberal 
arts context at the annual Institute on 
College Student Values in Tallahassee, 
FL, in February. 

During his fall 1996 sabbatical. 
Associate Professor of English Rick 
Plant attended the Virginia Writers 
Conference in Roanoke, VA, and 
worked on a variety of writing proj ects. 
His short story "Flatland" was included 
in the anthology Sudden Fiction, 
published by W. W. Norton Press. His 
novella Deaths by Drowning received 
third place in the Southern & 
Southwestern Novella Breakthrough 
Competition. Texas Review Press will 
publish Deaths B;y Drowning in the spring 
of 1997. 

M.A.T. Director Dr. Beth Roberts 

presented her paper "Conventions of 
Writing and Construction of Meaning 
in Kinderearten" at the annual National 

in December. Dr. Robei-ts serves as 
parliamentarian of the National 
Reading Conference. 

news bytes 

Mission Possible: 8tti 
Carpenter Conference 
Addresses Managed Care 

"Mission Possible; Managing Issues in 
Managed Care" is the topic for the 8th 
Carpenter Conference, scheduled for May 
9 on campus. According to Dr. Steven 
Mosher, director of MBC's Carpenter 
Health Care Program, "Managed care's 
presence in the U. S. health care system is 
being felt in a number of ways. Some 
advocate its growth as a way to manage 
costs, but others worry about quality issues. 
Our presenters this year will address all 
these issues." 

Presenters include Dr. Edward F. X. 
Hughes, director of the Northwestern 
University Institute for Health Services 
Research; Dr. Jeff Goldsmith, president of 
Health Futures, Inc.; May Fox, executive 
director of the Virginia Association of 
Health Maintenance Organizations; and 
Myra J. Christopher, president and CEO 
of the Midwest Bioethics Center. 

The Carpenter Health Care 
Conference is aone-day multi-disciplinary 
conference sponsored by MBC's Health 
Care Administration and Preparation for 
Ministry Programs, which are both funded 
by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
Foundation. The annual event draws 
capacity crowds to the campus including 
health care professionals, consumers, 
health administrators, insurance 
professionals, government policy makers, 
and MBC faculty, staff and students. 

A former Guggenheim tcllow, Dr. 
Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is a native ot 
Toronto, Ontario. She received her Ph.D. 
in folklore from Indiana University in 1972. 
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar 
Program makes 12 or more distinguished 
scholars available each year to visit 
approximately 1 00 colleges and universities. 
Scholars spend two days at each institution, 
meeting informally with students and 
faculty members, taking part in classroom 
discussions, and giving a public lecture 
open to the entire academic community. 

Wall Street Comes 
to Frederick Street 

Thanks to a gift from the Smyth 
Foundation, MBC has established a 
Business Leadership Lecture Series, which 
featured Wall Street business leaders in its 
inaugural lecture in early April. 

The Smyth Foundation is a 
philanthropic organization established by 
MBC Trustee H. Gordon Smyth, former 
DuPont senior vice president for employee 
relations, and his wife, MBC alumna Mary 
Beth Reed Smyth '47. 

Presenting the first address of the new 
lecture series were Delos R. Smith, senior 
analyst at the Conference Board in New 
York City, and Dr. Steven R. Malin, 
assistant vice president for public 
information at the Federal Reserve Bank in 
New York. The Wall Street duo discussed 
current economic conditions; monetary 
policy; and society's structural changes 
which effect technology, workforce, 
demographics and globalization. 

1997 Phi Beta Kappa 
Lecturer Discusses 
"Tlie Electronic Village" 

Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, 
professor of performance studies and 
Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York 
University, presented an illustrated talk on 
"The Electronic Village," as MBC's 1997 
Phi Beta Kappa lecturer. Her presentation 
was an exploration of how the Inteniet is 
being used to foster community. 

College Relations Wins 
Two CASE Awards and 
a PIVA Award 

MBC's College Relations staff received two 
awards in the 1997 Division III Council for 
Advancement and Support of Education 
(CASE) awards competition. The media 
relations staff won a special merit award for 
"The Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership at Mary Baldwin College: The 
Supreme Court Phase" in the overall 

communications program category. 

The editorial staff also won a 
special merit award for magazine 
publishing improvement in the 
publications improvement category . 

The Vol. 10, No. 1 fall 1996 issue 
oiThe Mary Baldwin Magazine received 
an Award of Excellence in the Printing 
Industry of Virginia (PIVA) 1996 state 
competition. This year marked PIVA's 
37th year ot competition and over 
1 ,700 entries were submitted. The Mary 
Baldwin Magazine has been printed by 
Good Printers of Bridgewater, VA, 
since 1990. This is the third time PIVA 
has granted an Award ot Excellence to 
the MBC magazine. 

VWIL State Funding Approved: 

The Virginia General Assembly's final 
budget revisions left funding for the 
Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership 
intact. The Senate version of the budget 
called for continued funding for current as 
well as future cadets in the program, and 
won out over the House version, which 
would have phased out state funding for 
the program. A bipartisan group of women 
legislators spear-headed the movement to 
support the program by submitting a letter 
of support to the budget conferees. 

Virginia Governor George Allen 
signed the legislation into law on March 
17, 1997. He said, "The positive influence 
it has on the women enrolled there is the 
best argument I know to continue 
supporting full funding ot this unique 

This is good news for Virginia residents 
entering in the fall of 1997. A tuition 
subsidy of almost $7,500 per cadet will be 
provided by the state. Together with Mary 
Baldwin scholarships, this funding means 
that the basic cost of an education at the 
rigorous VWIL is less than the in-state 
cost of most public four-year colleges. In 
addition, many students are eligible for 
need-based financial aid. 

Spring 1997 • The Marv Baldwin College Magazine 

culture fest 

Junior Asanga Wickremeratne of 
Sri Lanka beguiles tier audience at 
the Culture Fest in February with a 
performance of a Sri Lankan swan 
dance. Other performances included 
a Hawaiian hula, a traditional 
Carribean dance, a South African 
pata pata dance, a Spanish salsa, a 
French dance, an English constancy 
dance from the Victorian era and a 
German Gypsy polka. The evening 
also featured a choral performance 
by Japanese students and a 
multi-national fashion show. 

The Mary Baldn»in College Magazine • Spring 1997 


Margaret King Stanley '52 

Margaret King Stanley '52 , special projects 
director for the San Antonio Symphony, 
is planning a city-wide music festival 
scheduled for June 1997. The "Musica 
San Antonio" festival will feature over 
100 local and regional musicians. 

According to Margaret, the festival 
will he a "celebration of the music of 
Texas under six flags: Mexico, Spain, 
France, the Confederacy, the Republic ot 
Texas and the United States, all of which 
ruled over Texas at some point in her 

Margaret, who serves on the board ot 
directors for the International Society for 
Performing Arts, says, "This is the first 
festival I have coordinated since 1992. I 
am very excited about the entire project." 

The Honorable Martha F. 
Rasin '69 

In September 1996, 

Martha F. Rasin '69 was 

appointed chief judge of 

Maryland's District 

Court, becoming the 

first woman to hold one 

of the state's three top 

cl t ..a judicial posts. Her 

appointment gives her 

control of the state's fast moving, 

100-judge District Court system. 

In an interview with Thomas W. 
Waldron of The Baltimore Sun, Judge 
Rasin said, "I know I've been handed 
something precious today." 

Waldron wrote, "Judge Rasin's 
appointment to the chief judge's job 
marked the latest step in a fast rise to 
the top ranks of Maryland's legal world. 
. . A native of Chestertown, she waited 
several years to begin law school after 
graduating from Mary Baldwin College 
in Virginia in 1969. 

She held a variety of jobs during 
the interim, including waiting on 
tables, sign-painting and working as 
a legal secretary, between extended 
trips to Europe. She received her law 
degree from the University of 
Baltimore at the age of 33." 

After law school. Judge Rasin 
worked in Annapolis with former State 
House Lobbyist Bruce Bereano. Rasin 
did no lobbying, but handled a variety 
of ot legal matters. In 1987, she opened 
her Annapolis law firm, and two years 
later, then-Governor William Donald 
Schaefer appointed her to Anne 
Arundel District Court. Last fall, the 
man she now succeeds as chief judge, 
Robert F. Sweeney, made her the 
administrator of the seven-judge 
county bench overseeing courts in 
Annapolis and Glen Burnie. 

"Judge Rasin has developed a 
reputation as an expert in the 
Maryland's domestic violence law 
enacted in 1992," reported Waldron. 
". . .she intends to keep hearing cases, 
even as she assumes the administrative 
chores of her new position. Rasin is 
married to Richmond, VA, attorney 
E. Blay Bryan." 

Melissa E. Patrick '78 

Lieutenant Colonel 
Melissa E. Patrick '78 
recently returned from 
where she served for six 
months as the G2 Task 
Force Eagle in the U. S. 
Army's "Operation Joint 
LTC Patrick is a decorated Army 
officer who has received the Meritorious 
Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf 
Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, 
Army Achievement Medal and Master 
Parachutist Badge. She has served as an S2 
in the 2nd Battalion, 55th Air Defense 
Artillery; as company commander in the 
5 1 9th Military Intelligence Battalion; and 
as an operations officer with the 28th 
Airborne Corps. 

Upon completion of the Military 
Officer Award Course, LTC Patrick earned 
her Master of Arts in military history from 
Duke University. She was then assigned 
to teach military history at the United 
States Military Academy at West Point. 
In 1991, LTC Patrick graduated from the 
Command and General Staff College at 
Fort Leavenworth, KS, and was assigned 
as a Plans Officer with the Office of the 
Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, United 
States Army Europe. In 1992, she was 
assigned to the 1st Armored Division 
where she has served as an S3 in the 501st 
Military Intelligence Battalion and as an 
analysis and control element chief, deputy 
G2 and assistant chief of staff G2. 

LTC Patrick is the daughter of MBC 
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Dr. James 
B. Patrick and his wife Eleanor. 

Swinging witii the Scotts 

MBC Director of African American Affairs Andrea Cornett-Scott 
dances with her husband Dr. Edward Scott, MBC associate 
professor of philosophy, during the Soul Food Banquet, held 
February 26. MBC students, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed an 
array of flavorful foods and the swinging jazz of the 40s and 50s 
played by the Al Winters Combo. 

Spring 1997 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Two ADP Alums Celebrated 

Their 10*^ and IS**" Reunions as Published Authors 


by Roussie Woodruff 9 1 ADP 

Exhausted by the rigors 
of college papers and 
essays, some of us 
graduate from Mary 
Baldwin College 
determined to never write 
anything more demanding 
than shopping lists and 
brief memos. Others, like 
Cary Osborne ADP '81 
and Annette Reynolds 
ADP '86. write and 
publish books. 

Cary Osborne '81 ADP 

If you're a science fiction fan, 
you may already have read 
one of Cary Osborne's novels. 
Her first, Iroshi, was published 
in 1995 by Ace Science 
Fiction and Fantasy. It was 
followed by The Glaive and 

Persea in 1996. These three 
books comprise a series in 
which Iroshi is the woman 
warrior hero, a glaive is a 
sword and persea is a drug 
that can extend life. Ace will 
publish Osborne's fourth 
novel, not part of the Iroshi 
series, in 1997. 

While attending Mary 
Baldwin from 1978 to 1981, 
Osborne majored in history' 
and communications and 
lived in Waynesboro. Former 
ADP Associate Professor of 
History Bob LaFleur was her 
advisor and encouraged her 
fascination with history. "Our 

interests meshed so well," she 
said. "He was good at matching 
me up with teachers who could 
teach me things I wanted to 

Gary Osborne lives and 
works in Norman, OK. She 
says that all of her writing 
draws on her knowledge of 
history. She is currently 
working on novels in several 
different genres, including 
alternate history, a genre that 
poses the question: What if 
an actual, historical event 
happened differently because 
of the intervention of time 

Annette Reynolds '86 ADP 

Annette Reynolds is 
concerned more with the 
contemporary than the 
historical. Her first novel. 

Remember the Time, is a love 
stor\' set in Staunton; it will he 
released by Bantam Paperbacks 
injuly 1997. Remember theTime 
is not, Re-^Tiolds, stressed, a 
romance novel. It is a realistic 
tiction, and it is actually the 
second novel she has written. 
Her first, The Season, will also 
be published by Bantam. 

^'^ile studying at MBC 
from 1984 to 1986, Re>-nolds 
lived in Charlottesville, VA. 
"I took a lot of classes on 
campus," she said. "I was in my 

30s when I went back to college. 
1 loved MBC, and I loved 

The Season is set in the 
city where Reynolds now 
resides, Tacoma, WA. She 
lives in a 90-year-old house, 
with her cat and dog; and, 
when she's not writing, she 
gardens and works on her 
house. At Mary Baldwin she 
majored in arts management, 
but historical preservation 
(a useful subject for 
someone with a 90-year-old 

house) was her real interest. 
She remembers particularly the 
help and encouragement she 
received from former 
Professor of Art Dr. Mary 
Echols and Historical 
Preservation Adjunct 
Instructor Dr. Katharine 
Brown. "Also," Reynolds 
said, "My ADP advisor Dr. 
Stevens Garlick really 
pushed me during the times 
1 didn't think I could make 
it. He was inspirational to 

MBC Renaissance 
Senior Dinner 1997 

The Student 
Alumnae Partnership's 
Renaissance theme 
senior dinner was 
enjoyed by 
94 seniors, faculty, 
staff and friends 
on February 19. 

Making Merry! 

Featured speaker 
Charlotte Jackson 
Berry '51 with MBC 
Director of Security 
and Safety John S. 
Kelly and MBC 
President Dr. 
Cynthia H. Tyson. 

The M.^ry B-SiLD«'in College M.j.g.jiZine • Spring 1997 


w V V. 

I Write 

An interview by Sarah H. O'Connor 

David Bradley is 
the first Liddy 
Kirkpatrick Doenges 
Distinguished Visiting 
Scholar/ Artist at Mary 
Baldwin College. 
His book-in-progress , 
The Bondage 
Meditations on Race, 
History and America, 
is under contract to 
Vikinp Press. 

What are you working on now? 

I'm working on a couple of things. What 
I've been trying to do the last couple of 
years, because this book, The Bondage 
Hypothesis, is taking so long, is to make 
sure everything else I do sends me in a 
direction I was going to have to go in 
anyway. So I'm working on a catalogue for 
a photographic exhibit on black fathers, 
for example. 

The book has turned into three 
volumes. Originally, it was going to be a 
collection of essays that had already been 
published. Then 1 thought, "I need to 
write some more," and as I started doing 
that, I started thinking about things. I 
realized I will never be a writer who can do 
collected works. It's not going to happen. 
So it's taken a long time, but it's very' 
interesting, and that's part of the problem. 

The other thing is, the world seems to 
be catching up with the ideas. The issues 
I thought I was way out on a limb on, 
they're doing research on at Harvard now. 

What is your plan forthe three volumes? 

The first one, the one I'm working on 
now, is on history. This is the volume that 
will be titled The Bondage Hypothesis: 
Meditations on Race, History and America. 

The second volume deals with 
literature and culture. Its tentative title is 
The Nonexistence of Black Literature: 
Meditations on Race Culture in America. 

The third volume is on place, 
specifically the South. Its probable title is 
Going South: Meditations on Race, Place 
and America. 

When do you expect to finish the first 

I no longer make estimates. I expected to 
finish it two years ago. 

Do you think you'll ever go back to 
writing fiction? 

Oh, yeah. In fact, this book is part of a 
two-book contract, and the other book is 
fiction. In a sense, that's what this book is 
anyway. It's storytelling. It's a lot more 
effective for people to understand ideas if 
you can wrap them into stories. To me, 
there's no difference. It's just, to tell you 
the truth, that fiction is a lot easier. I don't 
have to worr^' if the house wasn't built at 
the right time. I can say it was an^'way. 

So you prefer writing fiction? 

I write. I mean, I'd write catalogs. It's a 
reflex. It's a series of solving problems. 

I love to write book reviews. I wrote 
book reviews for the Penn alumni magazine 
for eight years. It was a lot of fun, and I 
learned an awful lot. It was great to have 
an object in front of you and a deadline 
and length, and I'd never done that kind 
of writing before. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1997 

Some people can't successfully cross A good bit of your writing is 
over from fiction to nonfiction or vice autobiographical. Are there any 
versa. pitfalls in that? 

After Chancy sville, 1 was just 30 years old. 
Someone came along and said, "You've 
successfully solved a lot of the big problems 
of writing fiction. You've written a good 
novel." And I never thought I'd write a 
good novel until I turned 50. It was a big 
temptation to rush out and do another 
novel. But that book took lOyears.I think 
it'll take 10 years to do the next one. And 
there were still things I needed to learn. I 
knew it. Not that there was anything 
particularly bad about it. So there was a 
way I didn't really want to go back to 
fiction right away. 

Is it hard to focus on your writing when 
you become well known? 

Yes. When I was doing the publicity tor 
Chaneysville, I was on the quintessential 
four-city tour — your hometown and three 
other cities nearby. 

Somebody asked me on that tour, 
"How do you think your life's going to 
change?" I said, "Ah, no, it's not going to 
change." Well, it did. I wrote Chaneysville 
sitting in a room. Sometimes I'd call the 
operator and check the line to see if the 
phone was working. I'd call my agent 
(fortunately it was a local call) to see if 
anything was happening. And it has not 
been that way for some years. 

On that tour, they sent me to Chicago, 
where I had the peak experience of being 
interviewed by Studs Terkel. 

What was that like? 

lllummatmg. I've never seen anybody who 
did more homework. He had a book of 
mine that was falling apart. To be 
interviewed by Studs Terkel, who frankly 
I wanted to interview, and to realize that 
this guy was such a professional and such 
a humble person that he was going to 
spend this kind of time studying me for his 
interview ... he just did an incredible job 
as an interviewer. I said, "This is 
professionalism. This is what I want to be 
when I grow up." Tliar was the highlight 
of the ronr. 

It's autobiographical in the sense that I 
think the best place to do research is 
where you are. I call it research trouve. Mv 
own life, especially for what I'm writing 
about now — I should have taken notes, 
but I didn't. I traveled though Virginia 
and North Carolina with my father in the 
50s. I never knew what I was going to do, 
but that's there. I use myself I've made a 
cult of it. "I" interests me. There are fewer 
places to hide than when you say you're 
being objective. I don't believe in that 
kind of objectivity, certainly not for this 
kind of book. I wouldn't have spent all this 
time with this stuff if there weren't some 
serious personal concerns. 

I think that the role the church plays 
in your writing is interesting. It's 
almost as if the church is your place 
that you continually refer back to, 
like a particular city would be for 
another writer. 

That's something that took me a long 
while to figure out. Writing that piece 
["Portrait of a Small Black Church," The 
New York Times Magazine, June 30, 1985] 
was part of it. I thought I was going to 
write a certain kind of piece, but I started 
reading about the traditional role of the 
black church, which has been to provide 
worship, leadership training and literacy. 
Sunday School in the black church was 
originally a real school. The Bible was the 
vehicle, but the object was literacy. And 
the church was the only organization where 
blacks could find leadership roles, so those 
roles developed and people moved up 
through the ranks. I started thinking, "Did 
the church fulfill that role for me?" And 
yes, it did. So I started wondering, if we 
don't have that, what is going to happen 
to us as a people? And you look around, 
and it is happening. 

Now, I'm not saying everyone has to 
suddenly start going to church, but it 
worked for a long time, and it wasn't 
broke, so why fix it? And then I started 
thinking, "This is the only aspect of 
American life that is still fairly rigidly 
segregated." It's sort of strange since we 
think of the Civil Rights Movement as 
being a church movement. This is the last 

phicf black people can go |to be together). 
I'm still trying to figure out what I think of 
that. I do know it's a little too early to give 
up all the protective mechanisms. 

On a day when you actually have time, 
what do you do? Do you write in the 
morning or in the evening? 

I always have tunc to write. I have a four 
or five hour drive coming up, and I'll be 
writing, working through problems. One 
of the things I like to do when I run (I run 
for long periods of time) is to have a 
fictional problem or a problem with 
paragraphs or something that I'm working 
through. I don't need to be sitting at the 
computer to write. 

Generally speaking, when I'm home I 
write in the morning and get up from the 
computer around 1 :00 or 2:00 p.m. and do 
something else. If I'm really going with 
something, I'll wake up at 2:00 in the 
morning. I try to avoid that, though. I 
need my sleep. 

Your essays very much fit the term 
"creative nonfiction." Do you like 
that term? 

I was one of the people who was involved 
in inventing it. I was on a National 
Endowment for the Arts panel years ago. 
At the time, the term was "belles lettres." 
No one knew how to pronounce it. 
Everyone went, "What is that?" It was the 
category you applied to for an NEA grant. 
So we started futzing around, and of course 
everyone hates the term, but at least people 
have a better idea what it is. 

How has your writing evolved over the 

In my first novel, there are parts where I 
think, "You should have reached a little 
more," although it was probably the right 
decision at the time. 

You start out doing what you're good 
at, and then you're either forced or you get 
bored, and you start trying to perfect the 
things you're not as good at. There's a 
cliche in publishing that the second novel 
is not as good as the first. Yeah, because in 
the first one, you're doing the stuff that 
everyone has praised to the skies ... J ust in 
terms of the problems I want to set for 
myself and how I want to go at them, I'm 
a lot more daring now. ■ 


The Marv Baldwin College Ma 


from DavidBradley's 

^^ Faith" 

The year was 1965. By that time, our summer 
travels had taken my father and me beyond X'irginia 
into North and South Carolina. . . In one place, 
that year, they asked my father to preach. 

I was not overly excited by 
the prospect, since I had heard 
him preach two or three hundred 
times, and had always found his 
sermons to be rather dr\-, tending, 
as he tended, to focus on the head 
rather than the heart. The text 
was haiak 30:21; ".Ajid thine ears 
shall hear a word behind thee, 
saying, this is the way, walk ye in 
it," and as my father read it, I 
realized that I had heard the 
sermon he was beginning at least 
four times, liking it less each time. 
When he began to speak I 
expected the textual analysis and 
explication by definition that 
marked his sc\le. But this night 
he abandoned that — something 
got hold of him. He followed the 
reading of the text with the telling 
of a tale. 

He had, he said, been in high 
school, sitting in a classroom, 
when a man had come to the 
school asking for volunteers to go 
up to fight a forest fire that raged 
on a nearby mountain. My father 
and some others agreed to go, and 
were taken up by wagon, then 
went on foot a mile or two farther, 
to a point where they had been 
told to dig a firebreak. The fire, 
my father said, seemed a long way 
away; not sensing the danger, they 
allowed themselves to become 
absorbed in their task. When 
finally they looked up from it. 

they found that the fire had swept 
about them — they were 
surrounded by flames. 

They reacted as one would 
have expected. My father told of 
his panic, how he had at first cried 
hysterically, then begun to curse, 
using words he had not realized he 
knew, had finally collapsed into 
desperate prayer, all, it seemed, to 
no avail. But then, when the smoke 
was at its thickest, when he was 
about to lose sight of his 
companions, when the ver>' sound 
of their wailings was lost in the 
roaring of the flames, there came a 
voice calling to them to follow. 
They followed that voice, escaping 
with its guidance through what 
must have been the last gap in the 
fire. Afterward they asked who it 
had been who risked himself to 
save them, but no one could tell 
them who it was. 

From the tale my father moved 
to the obvious but eloquent 
equation, exchanging that 
unknown savior for a known one, 
who called the same message, and 
who led all who followed him clear 
of the flames. And then, almost 
abruptly, and far sooner than 
anyone expected, he stopped. And 
he brought down the house. 

That sermon shocked me. 
Because I knew my father, knew 
that he had hidden that story for 
40 years, had kept it out of previous 

versions of the same sermon 
because he was the kind of man 
who hated to admit weakness, or 
indecision, or helplessness. I knew 
that to relive that time on the 
mountainside had cost him greatly, 
and to admit his own helplessness 
had cost him even more. But 1 
realized that the sermon had been 
something beyond that which was 
usual for him, and I believed, for 
no reason 1 could express, but 
nevertheless believed, that it was 
the paying of the price that had 
made the sermon possible. 1 
believed that in confessing his own 
weakness he found access to a 
hidden source of power inside, or 
perhaps outside, himself — in any 
case, a source of power that was 
magical, mystical. 

Until that night 1 had not 
understood what it meant to wTite. 
1 had known that the WTiter's goal 
was to reveal truths in words 
manipulated so effectively as to 
cause a movement in the minds 
and hearts of those who read them. 
But I had not understood that it 
would cost anything. I had believed 
that 1 could do those things while 
remaining secure and safe in myself 
— I had even believed that wTiting 
fiction was a way to conceal my 
true feelings and weaknesses. That 
night, 1 found out better. Tliat 
night, I realized that no matter 
how good 1 became in the 
manipulation of symbols, 1 could 
never hope to move anyone 
without allowing myself to be 
mo\ed, that I could reveal onlv 

slight truths unless 1 was willing to 
reveal the truths about myself 1 
did not enjoy the realization. For I 
was no fonder of self-revelation 
than my father, and though I 
knew I would love to do with 
written words what my father 
had done in speech, 1 was not 
sure 1 could pay the price. I was 
not sure 1 wanted to. 

I do not know why my career 
as a wTiter did not end there. All I 
know is that, in fact, it began there. 
For out of that night came the only 
idea I have that could truly be 
called an aesthetic standard: 
expensiveness. When 1 ask myself, 
as all wTiters do, whether to wTite 
something this way or that way, 
whether to keep this bit, or throw 
it away, 1 ask myself along with all 
the practical, technical, editorial 
questions, does it cost? Is it possible 
that someone reading might 
discover something about me that 
I w-ould rather not have him know? 
Is there something truly private 
here, something I would never 
admit face to face, unless, perhaps, 
I was drunk? 

I would like to say that if the 
answer to those questions is No, 1 
go back and dig down inside myself 
until I do find something it will 
cost me to say; the truth is 1 do not 
always do that. But I believe 1 
should. And I believe that 
someday, when I am good enough, 
not as a manipulator of words and 
phrases but as a human being, I 
will. And 1 believe that each time 
I work, and make the effort, I get 
closer to that ideal. 

"The Faith" was published as 
a chapter in In Praise of What 
Persists. S. Berg, editor, 
Harper & Row, 1983. 

The Mary B.^ldwin College Mag.azine • Spring 1997 




An Inside Look 


The Program for 

the Exceptionally Gifted 


By Sarah Cox 

What's it like to be a PEG student, 

to he worrying about adjusting to college when other kids your age are adjusting to high school? To be worried about 
understanding Kierkegaard when others your age are reading Anne Frank? To be graduating from college when your friends 
are graduating from high school? It takes a special kind of person to be able to handle this, someone like Melissa Ford. 

Melissa's parents are adamant that it was her decision to 
go to Mary Baldwin College. "We didn't enroll her — she 
did. I said, 'Send an eighth-grader to college? I don't think 
so! This sounds like another guinea pig project.' Then I 
rethought it and gave Melissa the information. Before we 
knew anything, she was on the phone with [Assistant 
Director] Kathryn Buzzoni," said Mrs. Ford. 

Students enter the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
(PEG) between the ages of 13 and 16, typically seeking a 
fresh start, an intellectual challenge and acceptance by 
emotional and academic peers. To be a college student and 
to be treated as such is tremendously liberating to these 
gifted young women. 

Melissa had attended a private Roman Catholic school 
in Fredericksburg, VA, near her home. She had no interest 
in going to a traditional high school and was already e.\ploring 
alternatives when she received the PEG mailing. Her closest 
friends at that point were not from her school, but from the 
four summer college programs she had attended. 

To be a PEG student is to take a risk — and 

this risk is accepted by the students, their parents and the 
college. But the 12-year history of the PEG program gives 
Director Celeste Rhodes a firm grasp of what makes a 
successful PEG student, and it is not j ust academic giftedness. 
Although high placement on national test scores determines 
who will receive the PEG mailing, there are several important 
criteria that have nothing to do with making the grade 

"One of the easiest things to assess is giftedness. 
Emotional maturity' and family readiness, however, are also 
important," said Rhodes. Through an in-depth application 
procedure which includes four essays, a personal family 
interview, a PEG admissions board review, test scores and 
references, potential PEG students are well screened. Rhodes, 
Kathr>'n Buzzoni, and the PEG admissions board look at the 
ways these unique girls leam and analyze, the ways they 
think of themselves and the world, the kind of family support 
they will receive, and the type of atmosphere in which they 
have been brought up. 

The PEG team is very careful to select students who are 
both academically capable of succeeding and motivated to 

do so. "We've learned over time that a student who is gifted 
but not achieving has more complex problems," said Rhodes. 
Buzzoni explained that although the PEG staft may be 
tempted to accept a student in order to "rescue" her from her 
current academic situation, they have to consider every 
factor. "The PEG students are really sensitive, and they 
develop a sense of community. If one student goes down, it 
has an impact on the morale and spirit of the entire 

For the first time in many PEG students' lives, 
they are with a group of intellectual peers. 

PEG Residence Life Coordinator Jill Rasmussen, a PEG '96 
graduate, said that although she wasn't unpopular in high 
school, once she entered the PEG program she felt she 
"didn't have to defend" herself or her grades. "I used to 
downplay grades a lot. I can't tell you how many- of my 
students have told me how wonderful it is to have a built-in 
support network. None of us is the same, but we all have the 
same basic love of learning, and 1 think that the PEG 
students understand that about each other." 

Exceptionally gifted persons, according to 
Understanding and Encouraging the Exceptionally Gifted, by 
Bruce E. Kline and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, tend to 
"experience the world holistically in all of its connectiveness 
. . . They are aware of more. They seek more. They need more. 
Their needs for others to listen, explain, support and nurture 
are intensified. They also have more to give in return." 

Dr. Edward Scott, Ford's logic professor, said he never 
wants to teach another class without a PEG student. They 
bring an electricity and enthusiasm to class that 
communicates the joy of learning to other students. Scott 
feels that PEG students — perhaps due to a combination 
of their youth and just the way they think — are 
unconstructed. "They are not yet at the point of arriving 
at opinions which are fixed. Everything is up for grabs," 
he explained. "It makes other students take seriously 
objections to what they've hailed as the truth — you can 
see them waking up. PEG students are unabashed in 
answering questions, and they are utterly unintimidated 
by the reactions of other students." 

Ford, now 15 years old, is close to declaring her major 

The M.ary Baldwin College Mac.^zine • Spring 1997 



Sometimes I felt 
trapped in the role of 
the brain in the class. 
Now, I'm not picked for 
a team because I 
know all the answers. 
I'm picked because 
of who I am. " 

Melissa Ford '99 PEG 

in philiisiiphy .inJ relif^ion, although 
.she came to campus last year 
considering forensic anthropology. She 
admits that she had adjustments to 
make. "1 had to learn it's okay to learn. 
I'd always been very grade-conscious," 
she said. Now in her second year, she 
realizes that it is not so much the 
answers that count as the questions 
she asks. "Sometimes the amount that 
1 learn can't be shown by a grade." 

Because the PEG program 
is stressful for girls of 
such a young age, 
strong family support is a 
necessity, Rhodes said. 

The PEG admissions team looks for 
students who have their own opinions, 
but also have a sense of exchange and 
dialogue — who can learn from adults 
and are not embroiled in adolescence. 
Students such as these are not born this 
way. Their parents, like Melissa's, have 
modeled interdependence, personal 
growth and a sense of introspection, 
and have worked hard to develop the 
gifts their children have. 

"These parents revel in the wonder 
of this unique individual, and do not 
impose themselves. They are there to 
facilitate the growth," Rhodes said. 
Their attitude toward parenting is one 
of"let me discover you." Their children 
do not buy the culture hook, line and 
sinker, said Rhodes, but tend to think 
critically. They are not skeptics, but 
they weigh the possibilities rather than 
delve impetuously into something. 

The cardinal rule in the Fords' 
home Is not to be judgmental, said 
Michael Ford. In their opinion, there is 
no such thing as a bad idea. Some ideas 
are just better than others. If either of 
their children — they have a younger 
son — want to do something, the Fords 
do their best to make it happen. Their 
children, in turn, are committed to 
doing their best and completing their 
responsibilities. "Our approach was to 
be supportive rather than directive," 
said Michael. 

Rudy and Aremita Watson's eldest 
daughter Noshua, a 1995 graduate of 
Mary Baldwin College, was in the PEG 
program and is nov\' in her second year of 

a Ph.D. program in economics at 
Stanford University. She is 19 years old. 
Their second daughter, Tenea, 16, is a 
chemistry major and a junior at Mary 
Baldwin in the PEG program. Their 
youngest child, Cambria, is 12 years old 
and is in a math and science magnet 
program in Montgomery County, MD. 
She IS considering the PEG program. 
The girls made their own decisions to go 
to college early, said the Watsons. 

"No mother wants to be separated 
from her child, but 1 saw it as a great 
opportunity. If Noshua wasn't going to 
be happy in a local school environment, 
and if she would be going away anyway," 
said Mrs. Watson, "why not consider 
Mary Baldwin's PEG program? The 
difference between PEG students and 
average students is their ability to take 
risks. Doing this is taking a risk," she 
said, adding that PEG students have to 
be independent thinkers, self-motivated, 
and able to operate outside the environs 
of their parents. 

Rudy Watson starts this kind of 
upbringing early. When Noshua was a 
little girl, he drove her to school in the 
morning. Her lunch money would be in 
his shirt pocket, but if she didn't 
remember to ask tor it, he didn't give it 
to her. "Even if she missed lunch (which 
happened very rarely), it wouldn't hurt 
her," he explained, but it did teach her 
responsibility. "We thought about what 
we wanted our children to be like as 
people. People look at our daughters and 
say, 'You are so fortunate.' But they are 
high maintenance. You have to be ready 
to support them, and you have to start 
very young with certain expectations." 

Aremita Watson agreed. 
"I feel we have worked 
very hard in helping them 
become who they were 

intended to be . . . We are here 

to help them do whatever it is." 

"We genuinely like them as 
individuals," added Mr. Watson. "We 
don't own them — we respond and react 
to them as individuals. We show them 
respect and respect their opinions. And 
we draw the line and pull rank, as 

Mrs. Watson said she doesn't see 


The Mary Baupwin College Uf 

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ISI ominations Invited 

All alumnae and friends of Man" Baldwin College 
are invited to submit nominations for the Alunonae 
Association Board of Directors, as well as for the 
Association's top awards. Submissions will be 
considered by the Nominating Committee of the 
Alumnae Board. Self-nominations are encouraged. 
The new class of board members-at-large will 
begin their terms of office in July 1998, and awards 
will be presented during Homecoming 199S. All 
graduates and former students of Mar^^ Baldwin 
College and \lar5,- Baldwin Seminar^-, regardless of 
race, creed, or sex, are considered alutmiae/i in good 
standing and are eligible to receive Alurrmae Awards 
and to ser\-e on the Board of Directors. 

See page 32 in The Magazine 

FOR THE Slate of Nominees for 

THE Alumnae Assoclation Board of Directors. 



Criteria for 

Alumnae Awards 

The recipients of all these 
awards shall be nominated 
by Mary Baldwin College 
alumnae, parents, friends 
and staff. No more than two 
awards in each category will 
be given each year, with the 

exception of the Emily 
Smith Medallion, for which 
there is no such restriction. 

Emily Smith Medallion 

Mary Baldwin alumnae have performed 
outstanding service in many areas of American 
lite. Some have received public acclaim; 
others who have served just as fully have not 
been recognized. The Board of Trustees, 
believing that all such alumnae should be 
recognized in a tangible way, established the 
Emily Smith Medallion Award, named for 
Mrs. Herbert McKeldon Smith of Staunton, 
Virginia, herself a distinguished alumna. 

The Emily Smith Medallion each year 
honors an alumna who has made outstanding 
contributions to her community, church, the 
college and the Commonwealth. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

This award was established in 1986 by the 
Alumnae Association and the Class of 1963 
in memory of Emily Wirsing Kelly '63, a 
distinguished leader for Mary Baldwin, her 
community and family. 

This award honors those alumnae who 
have demonstrated outstanding service and 
excellence in leadership on behalf of MBC. 

Career Achievement Award 

Outstanding career performance 
demonstrates the value of a liberal arts 
education and serves as an inspiration for our 
current students. This award was established 
in 1 986 by the Alumnae Association to honor 
alumnae who have brought distinction to 
themselves and Mary Baldwin College 
through their careers or professions. 

Service to Church Award 

This award, established in 1986 by the 
Alumnae Association, recognizes the close 
and important relationship that has existed 
between Mary Baldwin College and the 
Presbyterian Church since the college's 
founding. The Service to Church Award 
honors those alumnae who have provided 
distinguished service to their churches and 
spiritual communities. 

Community Service Award 

Established in 1986, the Community 
Service Award honors those alumnae of Mary 
Baldwin College who have provided 
distinguished and outstanding volunteer 
service to their communities, and who have 
brought honor to their alma mater through 
their activities. 




of Directors 



The Alumnae Association Board of 
Directors represents the 1 1,000+ alumnae of 
Mary Baldwin College and provides leadership 
to the college and the alumnae body. Members 
of the Alumnae Board have distinguished 
themselves in their personal lives, careers, 
and in service to the college and represent a 
wide range of class years, geographical 
locations and career choices. They are 
responsible for promoting the college on an 
ongoing basis and for guiding the Alumnae 
Association in its projects, policies and 
financial matters. 

Membership: Members-at-large serve two- 
year terms, and each member serves on a 
committee of the Board. 

Meetings: Attendance at a biannual business 
meeting is required for all members; committee 
meetings are held as called by the president or 
committee chair. 

Community Representation: All Board 
members continually strive to represent the 
missions, programs, and activities of the 
college and the Alumnae Association in their 
communities. All Board members are strongly 
encouraged to be active in MBC alumnae 
functions and programs in their communities. 
All Board members are urged to serve as an 
information resource in their communities 
for promotion of MBC. 

College Support: All Board members are 
expected to support the college financially 
through participation in the Annual Fund 
and other campaigns to the best of their 

See page 32 in The Magazine for the 
Slate of Nominees for the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors. 




In recognition ot distinguished service and accomplishments, I would like to nominate the following alumna to receive the: (check one) 

Emily Smith Medallion Career Achievement Award : Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

Service co Church Award Community Service Award 

Nominee: Class: Phone Number(s): 


City /State:. 

_ Zip Code: 

Student Name, if differ* 

Activities, Achievements and Honors: 

Comments: (Attach additional information if needed) 

Submitted by: 

Daytime Phone: 


Send nominations to: The Nominating Committee. Office of Alumnae Activities, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia 24401 by July 1, 1997, or fax to (540) 885-9503. 







City / State 


Community Activities: 

_ Zip Code: 

Special Accomplishments, Awards, Honors: . 

List any Alumnae Activities: (i.e. Homecoming, chapter activities, phonathon) _ 

Submitted by: 


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Send nominfltiom to: The Nominating Committee. Office of Alumnae Activities. Mary Baldwin College. Staunton, Virginia 24401 by July 1, 1997, or fax to (540) 885-9503. 



This award was established in 1991 
by the Admissions Committee of 
the Alumnae Association Board of 
Directors to recognize excellence in 
admissions recruitment activities. 
Recipients of the award do not have 
to be alumnae of Mary Baldwin 
College. This prestigious award is 
presented at the Alumnae Awards 
Celebration during Homecoming 
Weekend each year. 

Nominations for the award are due 
by July 1, 1997, tor consideration for 
the following Fall Leadership 


Service to the Admissions Office: 

• attends college fairs 

• hosts/attends admis.sinns receptions 

• calls accepted applicants 

• brings students to campus 

• presents scholarship certificates at 
high school awards programs 

Leadership in other college-related activities: 

• tundraising in local communities 

• chapter officer 

• other service to MBC 




In recognition of excellence in service and accomplishments in admissions recruiting activities, I nominate the following person for the .Admissions Volunteer 

Excellence Award 

Nominee: Class: Plione Number(s): 


_ Zip Code; 

Student Name, if differeni 
Activities and Acli 

1 f^elieve tine nomine 

e is worthy of this a 

ward becaus 

e:(Attach additional mforn 

nation if needed) 

'". ■' "-^ 

Submitted by: 





Mary Baldwin College Office of Alu 

. Staunton, Virginia 24401 h\ July 1, 1997 to be 

iidered for the following Fall or fax to (540) 885-9503. 



herselt as her children's problem- 
solver, but rather as someone to help 
them find their own direction. She 
offers alternatives, but "it's up to them 
to make choices. My kids aren't 
geniuses — it's a learning process. If 
you always get things right, you don't 

The PEG program has taken a 
similar approach in the last 12 years. It 
has offered gifted young women options 
and helped them find their own 
directions. It has accepted them for who 
they are, facilitated the discovery of their 
capabilities and strengths, and then stood 
back to let them to soar. ■ 

PEG students Sarah Francisco '97. 

Tenea Watson '98, Jamie Johans '00, 

Elizabeth Hur '99 relaxing together. 

None of us is the same, but we all have the same basic love of learning, 
and I think that the PEG students all understand that about each other " 

Jill Rasmussen PEG '96 

What is the 

Greatest Challenge 

ofthe First Year 

PEG Student? 

B}i Dr. Celeste Riiodes, Director of PEG 

Isabelle sat in the unholstered chair in my 
office, her small frame and delicate features 
dwarfed by the ample proportions of the 
furniture. Tears welled up as she talked 
about feeling lost in her German class. She 
explained how excited she had been about 
learning another language, but now she 
thought she just wasn't good at languages. 
After all, her roommate was a language 
whiz, getting the highest scores on class 
tests. She described her rising fear that she 
would fail the course. 

I did my best to assure her that she was 
up to the task, explaining that as scary as 
this moment was, it was an experience that 
freshmen college students share. I asked if 
she had talked with the PEG tutor and the 

professor of the course. We discussed the 
need for her to use some ofthe study strategies 
she has learned from the PEG Study Skills 
Workshops. This was the first time Isabelle 
had experienced limitations in an academic 
situation and it was critical in motivating 
her to tlex her intellectual muscles and 
expand her natural abilities. 

Although some PEG students have 
superb early educational experiences and 
adjust to the accelerated pace of college 
without so much as a hiccup, most PEG 
students need time to develop focus and 
discipline. They need time to come to the 
realization that not understariding a class or 
reading assignment does not mean they will 
never understand it. Their past experiences 
in schools which lack challenge have taught 
PEG students that they probably already 
know what is being presented, and if they 
don't, they will catch on faster than other 
students in the class. 

Most new PEG students talk about not 
having had to study for exams and still being 
academically successful in their home 
schools. This lack of academic challenge is 

a great disservice to gifted young people. It 
teaches them that they can rest on their 
laurels. But intellectual potential is only 
that, promise for the future, and unless gifted 
youth learn the lesson of hard work, they 
will never realize their potential. 

New PEG students have to adjust to the 
reality that they are no longer the smartest 
students in their classes or in the program or 
in the college. This painful realization spurs 
such a young person to begin to value other 
qualities and strengths in herself, strengths 
necessary to develop a sense of identity and 
to lead a fulfilling life. 

Fortunately, as PEG students start 
making these painful adjustments, they are 
surrounded for the first time with a peer 
group of other gifted young women who 
share similar feelings and concerns. The 
combination of challenging coursework and 
a supportive environment allows PEG 
students to discover the full range of 
strengths and qualities within themselves. 
They learn that they can set high goals for 
themselves if they will also learn the value 
of struggle and hard work. 

The Mary B.aldwin College Mag/> 



Ann Allen Savoy '74 
Making Cajun Music History 

by Ann White Spencer 


Spring 1997 • The Marv Baihwin College Magazine 

Twenty-three years ago a 
young folk musician with a 
passion for French ballads flew off 
to Paris to satisfy her heart's desire. Ann 
Allen was a member of Madame Frances 
Jacob's junior class abroad from Mar^' 
Baldwin College. 

Around the same time, another young 
musician whose Acadian French lineage 
was as pure as his music was touring in the 
U.S., Canada and Europe. Marc Savoy, a 
believer in the gospel of traditional 
Louisiana French music, was contributing 
to a widespread resurgence of interest in 
that genre. 

In 1 9 76, two years after ^Ann graduated, 
Marc was playing at the National Folk 
Festival at Wolf Trap Farms, an event 
Ann never missed. The two met and the 
rest is Cajun music history. 

"My labor of love started in 1976. 
Marc and I married and soon formed a 
band with a now well known fiddler, 
Michael Doucet(BeauSoleil Cajun beind), 
and we played old-time Cajun music," 
Ann says. "We've been recording since 
1978 as the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band 
with Marc on accordion, Michael on fiddle 
and me on the guitar." 

While traveling with the band, 
recording music on the Arhoolie label 
and starting her family, Ann began to 
chronicle the often tragic and plaintive 
French Cajun lyrics and music. "The Caj un 
folk songs are passed down orally," she 
explains. She interviewed older musicians, 
taped their singing of French ballads, 
transcribed the words and music, and then 
lesimed them. She began to develop a 
body of written work based on early Cajun 
dsince hall and home music. 

In 1 984, Ann published Cajun Mitsic; 
A Reflection of the People , Volume I with 
106 transcriptions of music and songs. She 
was only the second person to transcribe 
Cajun music for publication and the first 
to create such an extensive compilation. 
French language lyrics accompany all 
arrangements, with Ann's translations in 

English. A phonetic system is provided to 
help with Cajun French pronunciation. 
In addition, her interviews with the 
musicians' relatives and friends, short 
histories of the genre, and photographic 
essays are included. 

"My French teachers at Mar^' Baldwin 
prepared me well. Dr. Charlotte Hogshett, 
Dr. Joanne Ferriot and Eugenie 
Kouyoumtioglou — all the faculty' there 
between 1970and 1974 — were just great 
teachers," Ann says. "They supported my 
unusual interests and early research and 
study. That plus the intimacy of the place 
and small classes made my experience an 
excellent one." 

Many of the ballads and songs Ann 
has translated have antecedents in 17th- 
century France, for example "La Valse du 
Bambocheur," recorded in the 1960s by 
the Musical Brothers, Dewey, Will and 
Rodney Balfa from Grand Louis, Louisiana. 
(Their grandmother traced the family back 
to 16th-centur^- France, taught the boys 
their prayers in French, and was "strict on 
pronunciation.") The Balfa brothers' 
recording history is one of many included 
in Ann's book. 

By the time Ann completed her book, 
she was an accepted "naturali-ed" Cajun 
musician with an undoubted devotion to 
South Louisiana's prairie and bayou music, 
culture and people. The self-publication 
of Ann's book was a significant business 
venture for Ann and Marc and led to the 
formation of Bluebird Press. Her 
compilation covers early Cajun music, 
modem song writers, old style Creole and 
Zydeco. The book is still selling steadily. 

"My dream has always been preserving 
this rare treasure. Marc and I are on our 
soapboxes, I guess, and always have been, 
as we try to save what we consider to be 
beautiful and fine." Ann speaks from home 
while waiting for another call about her 
latest CD cover art. The Savoy's house 
belonged to Marc's grandfather, who 

In 1984. Ann published Cajun Music: A 
Reflection of the People. Volume I with 
106 transcriptions of music and songs. 

constructed it from the timber pieces and 
stone of his own father's dwelling. It's now 
home for Ann, Marc, and their four 
children: Sarah (18), Joel (16), Wilson 
(14), and Gabrielle (9). Joel and Wilson 
play traditional Cajun instruments — 
fiddle and accordion — and daughters 
Sarah and Gabrielle sing. 

"It's certainly in their blood. When 
they stray, it's not long before they're back 
calling for jambalaya and gumbo," Ann 
jokes. "Of course, my husband's father and 
mother are both dyed-in-the-wool 
Acadians, bom in this area, which is even 
called Savoy. Marc's parents both trace 
their families to Acadia." 

Acadia, or Cadie, the region of New 
France that is now Nova Scotia, became 
home to French subjects settling the New 
World as early as 1604- Great Britain 
acquired their coimtry in 1713. In 1755, 
after 42 years of resisting homage to the 
English queen, the Acadians were arrested 
and deported to the Colonies. 

Ten years of extreme hardship and 
wandering followed before many Acadians 
(orCadiens, thus Cajuns) made their way 
to southern Louisiana, where there was 
already a French population. Within a 
generation, the exiles had established 
themselves, and their culture became 
dominant. Some cross-cultural exchange 

Baldu'In College Magazine • Spring 1997 


occurred from contact with Spanish, 
Germans, Anglo-Americans, African 
Americans and Native Americans. 
However, French language and traditions 
became the south Louisiana mainstream 
and eventually the Cajun society that 
the Savoys cherish and perpetuate today. 
"Sadly, there has been a gradual 
disappearance of the French language in 
southwest Louisiana. It's our goal to help 
maintain it via our music, to keep French 

in our schools and in our cities, where 
there has been some resistance. Children 
are quick to learn the sung language, to 
learn our old French ballads and what the 
ballads mean," Ann says. 

For 20 years, the Savoys have been 
doing their part to contribute to a still- 
emerging Cajun music renaissance. Their 
home in Eunice is a gathering place for 
musicians and songwriters in the 
Louisiana French tradition. They have 
completed countless interviews, 
documentary films and videos ahi )ut their 
culture and music (many on their own, 
distributed through Bluebird Press). 

Rigorous performance schedules 
keep Ann and Marc away from home at 
least two weekends a month playing 
old-time Cajun music with a fiddle, an 
accordion and a guitar, appearing 
regularly in Canada and the U.S. They 
perform at the New Orleans Jazz and 
Heritage Festival every year and at the 
Festival International de LoLUsiane in 
Lafayette. When the National 
Geographic Society in Washington, DC, 
sponsored a recent series on American 
traditional music couples, the Savoys 
were invited. 

An established leader among the new 
generation of traditional Cajun 
musicians, a fiddler, an accordionist and 
expert builder of the " Acadian"or diatonic 
accordion, and a father of four. Marc 
stays busy. And Ann is putting the 

Ann Allen Savoy 74 

finishing touches on Cajun Music: A 
Reflection of the Pet)ple, Volume U. with 
Volume III on Cajun women to follow. 
She has also started an all-female band, 
which she jokingly refers to as "The Old 
Time Cajun Music Woman's Band," but 
is really known as the "Magnolia Sisters." 

"Our group hasn't been established 
very long and is really into harmony and 
the older arrangements of classical ballads 
— not the quick-paced music you would 
play with regular dance music," Ann 

A tale about a young girl leaving 
the place where she was raised, called 
"Prends Courage" or "Take Courage," 
is the Magnolia Sisters' first recording 
[Arhoolie CD - 439]. Songs on this 
CD give listeners a glimpse at how 
women lived on the bayous. They are 
stories about separation from loved 
ones, tragedy, family, loss and 

Ann Allen Savoy's own life is a full 
one these days; she's busy writing history, 
making history, and living out her own 
story of a woman with the courage to 
pursue her heart's desire. ■ 

Savoy family - Marc (in window) & (i to r) Joel (16), 
Sarah (18), Gabie (9), Ann and Wilson (14) 


Balpwin College Magazine 

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at 1-800-763-7359 

or Covington International Travel 

at I-800-828-96S8. 

Please identify yourself with the Mary 

Baldwin Collie New York Trip. 

The Continuing Education Committee of the MBC Alumnae Association 
Board of Directors invites you to join us for a trip to New Yorl< City 
Thursday, November 13 through Sunday, November 16, 1997 






3-night deluxe accommodations at the Hotel Inter-Continental New York 
Round trip Amtrak group travel from Richmond, Va.* 
Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular" 
Escorted tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
In-depth tour of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 
Group Dinner at Tavern on the Green 

A Grand Buffet breakfast at the Hotel Inter-Continental New York 
All transfers, porterage and gratuities for group arrivals'departures 
Hotel tax, service, and occupancy charges 
' Free time for shopping, sightseeing and Broadway productions 

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Cancellations made between 3 1 and 60 days of departure are subject to an additional 
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tour departure will result in forfeiture of entire tour cost per person. Call Covington 
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$665 for city portion only, no Amtrak transportation provided. 





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The K4BC Sampler is proud to announce the addition of 
Camelot Pewter items. Both daughter and daughter-in-law of 
Sam Shiplett, president of the company, are alums! 
G-IA Small Virginia howl $34 

G-2A 8 oz. Virginia cup $17 

G-3 Lined jewelry box $22 

G-4 10 in. tray made of heavy guage pewter 

with multi-rolled edges $65 

G-2B 2 oz. Virginia cup $9 

G-5 Porringer with a unique V-shaped handle $18 

G-IB Large Virginia howl $60 

G-6 4 oz. bahy cup $22 

NOTE: Bright finish will be shipped unless satin finish specified, and 
please indicate on the order form if MBC seal is to be engraved on an item. 
All items except the small and large Virginia Bowls will be shipped in a 
white gift box. 


A unique gift! These replicas are hand crafted by Elizabeth 
Robinson Harrison '55. any MBC or Staunton 
building. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Average 
measurements: . '," H x 47," L. 

R-1 Miniature ($2 shipp"ing) $12.00 

R-2 Miniatures - 4 for ($2 shipping) $40.00 

Please specify on order form the building(s) you prefer. 


Official MBC chairs. Black lacquer finish and 
hand-painted gold trim combine with timeless 
design for a truly elegant chair. The college seal 
is featured in gold on the back rest. 

J-1 Boston rocker with cherry amis $250.00 

J-2 Boston rocker with black arms $240.00 

J-3 Captain's chair with cherry arms $245.00 

]-4 Captain's chair with black arms $235.00 
(6-8 weeks for delivery) 


A 30" X 60" white beach towel 
with Ham & Jam and Gladys the 
squirrel in black. "Party on squirrel 
friend!" appears in blue. 
X-24 Beach towel $20.00 


A great item any time of the year! 
This white 100% combed cotton, 
knit collar, short sleeved polo shirt 
has the college seal in gray and 
"Mary Baldwin" embroidered in 
green. Made by the Outer Banks 
X-28 Polo shirt $35.00 


Show your enthusiasm for MBC by flying 
either of these attractive flags! Each flag 
measures 34" x 50". They are exclusive to 
MBC. Made by the Virginia-based Flag Center. 
SQUIRREL FLAG - dark green background, 
gray squirrel, golden brown acorns and "MBC" 
m black. 

APPLE FLAG-deep blue background, red 
apples, brown branch, green leaves and "MBC" 
in black. 

G-1 Squirrel flag $96.00 

G-2 Apple flag $96.00 


This great looking cap has a khaki top.The 
bill and the words "Mary Baldwin 
"* Alumna" are a rich deep green. An ideal 
item for any outdoor activity. 
X-26 Baseball cap $18.00 

See the 
FORM on page 24 

Spring 1997 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


MARK AFGHAN =va::-a 

This beauritlil lOOSo cotton atghari 
is jacquaid woven for exacting de- 
tail. Featuring nine scenes trom 
around campus, this u> surely some- 
thing you will treasure tbrever. You 
can toss it over the sofa or hang it 
on the w-all. Each atghan measures 
48" X 70" and is machine washable 
with card instructions included. 
A^-ailable in na^y or hunter green. 
This is an KIBC alumnae exclusive 
and NOT available in stores. 
Cose $49.95, $5.00 S&H, 
VA Residents add $2.25 sales tax. 
Custom embroider^' available for 
$15.00 (Initials and year) 





A perfect gift for any occasion!! This trio 
includes a 7 oz. can of Sweet Vanilla and 
Sweet Cocoa Cappuccino Toppers to 
sprinkle on top of cappuccino, mochas, 
lattes or ice cream and a 9 oz. tin of 
naturally flavored cocoa made with real 
Vermont dairy products, the finest qualit>' 
Dutch processed cocoa and raw sugar. 
Makes up a creamy, dark chocolate hot 
drink for any time of the day or for an after- 
dinner treat. Yum!! 

A- 10 Herb Patch Trio - $20.00 (shipping 

Diane Hillyer Copley '68 is ownerj operator of the Herb Patch, Ltd. in Vermont, a 
company recognized intemadonally as a producer of only the finest quality herbs and 
herb products. They are salt- free with no added artificial flavors or preservatives. 



2 balls fresh mozzarella 

3 pieces fresh goat cheese 

The two original cheeses which made the 

Mozzarella Company of Dallas famous are still 

the most popular today!! The fresh mozzarella 

is soft, moist and full of flavor.. .nothing 

resembling rubbery grocery-store mozzarella. 

The fresh goat cheese is mild, delicate and 

creamy- Their flavors are pure and clean and 

are both relatively 

low in fats and 

calories. Delicious 

for snacking, 

in salads or on 


D-7 Dallas Duo -- 

$33-00 (shipping included) 

1 ball fresh mozzarella 
V, lb. fresh ricotta 
1 pc. fresh goat cheese 
I wedge traditional caciotta 
1 wedge montasio 


A selection of Italian cheeses just like those you would 
buy at a market in Italy. Each pure and perfect for 
making classic Italian dishes. Your recipes will taste 
better than ever before with soft and moist mozzerella, 
light and delicate ricotta, smooth and fresh goat cheese, 
mellow and creamy caciotta, and bold and assertive 
goats' milk montasio. 
D-8 Plain and Simple - $35.00 (shipping included) 


Paula Stephens Lambert '65 is 
the owner/operator of the 
Mozzarella Company in 
Dallas, Texas. She worked and 
studied extensively in the 
Italian Cheese factories before 
establishing her own. Her 
cheeses have been awarded 
several prestigious awards for 
their superior taste and quality 
as well as being featured in 
publications such as Gourmet, 
Food &- Wine and the New 
York Times. The cheeses are 
made in small batches from 
fresh milk - cow's, goat's and 
water buffalo - and are 
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Spring 1997 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Alumnae Collecting Books tor Gratton 
Libran" Childrens Literature Section 

b''' --Ij^j / ." SkitUng Shannon ^^5 

hi'css^'cSj. ^.LBC AUtuimmEiae Boairdi CoiaiiMitimg Educidoa Cocamiccee 


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The Continuing Education 
Committee of the Mary Baldwin 

College Alumnae Association 
Board of Directors is helping the 
Martha S. Grafton Library with a 
special project — building its 
collection of children's books. 
Students enrolled in the 
Children's Literature courses and 
Master of Arts in Teaching 
Program will particularly benefit 
from additions to this collection. 

Executive Director of Alumnae 
Activities Jane G. Komegay '83 
conferred with various faculty and 
library staff tO' determine which 
books are needed by the college 
library. All donations will help 
make this alumnae project a 
success, so look through your 
children's old books and see if you 
have any of the following authors, 
or consider purchasing a book for 
the library. 

Joana Aitem 

Florence &. Richaid Atwater 
Mtdiaet Bedaiid 
AndiGny Bro^wne 

JomH niiiiir TTirTrT CToannm 

Susan GooKdge 

Paula Daonriger 
A ^atinma FaEqjiuiliajison 

Virginia Hamilton 
Tove Jansson 
Ezra Jack Keats 
M. E. Ketr 
Dick King-SmiA 
Lois LoiWiy 
L- M. Montgoimer5r 
Mary Norton 
KaAerine Pateison 

Beatrix Potter 
Artbur Ransome 
Salmon Rushdie 
Maurice Sendak 
Gene Snacton-Porter 
JuJles Verne 
Stisan Waaner 
Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Laurence Yep 
Charlotte Zoiotow 

Space does not pennit listing specific titles in the magazine, but donors may 
rail the Alumnae Activities Oftice at 540-887-700 7 for further intormation- 
TheCauldecO'tt and Newberry award books are already part of this collection- 
All books donated for the children's literature collection will be plated, 
lecognizing the donois. Donated books (not money) should be sent to the 
Mary Baldwin College Oftice of .A-lumnae Activities. 

Planting the Seeds of MBC 

XT'aiit to know more about . . . 

Event Planning 

Admissions Volunteers 

Alumnae Career Network 

Alumnae Involvement Awards 

Why You Should be a Volunteer 

20 Ways to Stay Involved With MBC 

Cc-:a:: :r.t Trice of Alumnae z\ctivities 

1-^. .-~z -'}5y CO get your copy ot "Ac a Glance," 

OCT r.r - ?.-urrj^ae involvement guidebook. 



There is much to cell you. The Alumnae Board has 
initiated a new program. Planting the Seeds of 
MBC, designed to help you connect with members 
of the Mary Baldwin College Famil y "At a Glance," 
a new guidebook, is part of this program. It gives 
guidelines for alumnae gatherings, admissions 
recruiiting, career networking for alumnae and 
students, and student mentoring. There are over 
11,000 Mary Baldwin alumnae across the counny 
and around the world. Let's get together! 

The MBC ALumnae Board and Office of 
Alumnae Activities have a renewed focus on growth 
of alirmnae chapters. A Chapter Plan is underway 
which works hand-tn-hand with our Planting the 
Seeds of MBC program. Watch the mail for 
information about these projects or call the Office of 
Alirmnae Activities and ask how to get involved. 
You will be glad you did. 

I am. extremely proud that the Alumnae Board 
voted to provide funds for the Spencer Lounge 
renovation project. As mentioned in the winter 
issue of CoEwmns, the board has pledged $30,000 
toward the refurbishment of a site on campus 
important to the entire college community. 
Revenues from Sampler sales will provide the 
funds- Browse through The Sampler ad, make your 
selections and participate in our effort. 

The MBC Alumnae Association has many 
activities planned for the months ahead. The 
Alumnae Board has helped establish a Children's 
Literature Collection for the Martha GraftonLibtary. 
Watch your MBC pubUcations for ways in which 
you can participate. An alumnae trip to New York 
City is on the calendar for November 1997. Take a 
look at the ad in this issue of the magazine and make 
plans to join us. 

Last, but not least, the best-ever homecoming 
weekend is planned for May 23 -25. It promises a 
wonderful time for all, including two fascinating 
seminars. Come and enjoy. 

I look forward to seeing many of you in the 
months ahead. 



Sue Warfield Caples '60 
President, Alumnae Association 



;=iiiiiTinriP nofps 

chapter sin action 

The San Francisco Bay 
area alumnae enjoyed 
September Cocktails at 
the home of Kay 
Hundley Fisher '61 with 
special guest MBC 
President Dr. Cynthia H. 

Assistant Director ot 
Admissions Garnett 
Clymer '95 hosted an 
appetizer party at Rio 
Bravo in Atlanta, GA, 
on October 1 . Three 
applicants and their 
families attended. 
Special thanks to 
Courtney Bell '89, 
Karin Lovelace '93, 
Elizabeth Cook '94 and 
Elizabeth Smith '93, 
who helped in planing 
the event. 

Nancy Price Porter '81 
held a recruitment dinner 
tor prospective students in 
her Madison, MS, home 
on September 29. The 
event was enjoyed by Mr. 
and Mrs. Kientz, their 
daughter Julia, as well as 
Shannon McMuUan. Both 
students learned about 
MBC through the college 
fair program attended by 
George Woodbury 
Johnson '78. 

Alumnae gathered at the 
Four Seasons Hotel on 
Saturday, S'^ptember 2 1 , 
for the Fourth Regional 
Leadership Forum. Guests 
enjoyed informative 
presentations, an after- 
niiMi! r;> 1 ■ :. 1 ^ college 

^ President 
. Tybon. 

During the holiday season, Alumnae Board 
member Ann Robinson King '63 and current 
students Angela Weathers '97 and Megan 
Eisenhart '00 attended an admissions recruitment 
ei'ent in Birmingham, AL, on December i8, 1996 
at Angela's home. 


The Northern Virginia/Washington , DC , chapter enjoyed a 
matinee performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Warner 
Theatre on December 14, 1996. Alumnae attending included 
(l-r) Jolyn Crim Nicholson '94, Katherine Mauermann '94, 
Heather K. Peters '93, Janet Parrish Harris '68, Jacquelyn 
D. Elliott'Wonderley '93, Patricia Kapnistos Leto '83 and 
Catherine Gibson Schwartz '74. Not pictured, but also 
attending the ei'ent, u'as Pamela Gail Pope '81 . 


Angela Waddy '94, MBC admissions counselor, held a 
holiday dessert party for prospective students at the home 
of Alumnae Board member jane Starke Sims '68 on 
December 1 5 . Joining Angela for a photo were : (l-r) 
jane Starke Sims '68, Angela Waddy '94, accepted 
applicant Raechell Washington and her mother Dorothy 
Washington. Other alumnae in attendance were Charon 
P. Wood '95, Anne Mills Kennan '95 and Susan Dopier 
Grot; '56. 

Karen Ann Siskn Halmi '.S7 and jidic Ellsunnh L 
'86 take a break during afternoon tea at the Four 
Seasons . 

janic Faulds '71 and Elaine Bishop Giese '70 
participated in the Fourth Regional Leadership Forum 
and tea with Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson in Philadelphia. 

Jane Starke Sims '68, alumnae board member, and Lynn 
Des Prez '70 share a laugh at the Fourth Regional 
Leadership Forum. 

String 1997 • The Mary B.mdwin College M.aoazine 

A wonderful end to the Fourth Regional Leadership 
Forum in Philadelphia was a Phillies baseball game 
against the New York Mets. Alumnae, faculty and 
friends enjoyed dinner, the game and good conversa- 
tion. These events were coordinated by Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities Jane G . Kornegay 
'83. Here, Elia Durr Buck '50 and MBC President 
Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson enjoy the Phillies game from 
the owners' box. 


Austin area alumnae and friends shared a delightful 
Saturday brunch with Dean of the College Dr. ]ames D. 
Lott at the hillside home of Lee Cunningham '74. Over 15 
alumnae and friends enjoyed hearing a college update from 
Dr. Lott and Executive Director of Alumnae Activities 
fane G. Kornegay '83. Here, hostess Lee Cunningham 
'74 joins Dr. Lott and Lee Willey Bowman '71 . 

HOUSTON, TX }o O'Neal Brueggeman '80, Sue Lolbs 79, her mother 

Twenty-eight Houston area alumnae and friends heard a Virginia Lollis , and fane Mattox Turner '38 enjoyed a 
reading by Dean of the College Dr. fames D. Lott and had reading by Dean of the College Dr. James D. Lott and 
a delightful dinner at the home of Jim and Robin Watson dinner at the home of Jim and Robin Watson Livesay '69 . 
Uvesay '69. (l-r) Virginia Eversole Herdman '54, Dr. 
James D. Lott and Cynthia Knight Wier '68 stop for a 
photo after dinner. 


The San Antonio Alumnae Chapter hosted a wine and cheese at 
the home of Taylor and Aiison Wenger Boone '77. Nearly 20 
alumnae, parents and friends got a college update from Dean of 
the College Dr. James D. Lott and Executive Director of 
Alumnae Activities Jane G . Kornegay '83 . Here Alison Wenger 
Boone '77 joins Dr. Lott and Charlotte Wenger '83. 

Ann Schlosser '52, Barbara Wenger (mother of 
hostess Alison Wenger Boone '77 and Charlotte 
Wenger '83) , Amanda Hurst Ochse '42 and 
Agnes Cannon Temple '33 at the San Antonio 
wine and cheese . 

The Middle Tennessee 
Mary Baldwin alumnae 
met at the Nashville 
Country Club on Novem- 
ber 20. Joining in the 
happy hour fun were 
Rebecca Walker DeMento 
'89, Donia Craig 
Dickerson '54, Laura Beth 
Palk Hooper '93, Lady 
Appleby Jackson '68, 
Cynthia McLaughlin '91, 
Liz Bender Nelson '91, 
Margaret Allen Palmer '67 
and Collier Andress 
Smith '91. Susie Kierson 
Miller '91 served as 

Mattito's Cafe in Dallas 
was the setting for a 
recruitment event for 
prospective students and 
their families on Septem- 
ber 19. Fifteen people 
enjoyed the famous 
Mattito's flautas while 
Assistant Director of 
Admissions Garnett 
Clymer '95 and Abbie 
Mullen '92 represented 
the college. 

Bringing in the new 
school year. Alumnae 
Board member Kelly 
Andrews Coselli '85 
hosted a back-to-school 
party in her home last 
fall. Current students, 
entering students, 
parents and alumnae 
attended the cookout 
featuring Kelly's secret 
recipe for hamburgers. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1997 


The ADP CharbttesvillelPVCC Cooperative Program 
and Office of Alumnae Activities kicked off the fall 
1996 series of events with "Getting Caught in the 
Web: The Internet, the World Wide Weh & You." 
Discussing the presentation were (l-r) Leni Ashmore 
Sorensen '92 ADP, Maryellen Learmonth '93 ADP, 
seminar leader jerry Learmonth, Kelly Morris Dou^ner 
'90 ADP and Benton Doicner. 

The MBC/PVCC Cooperative Program and the Office of 
Alumnae Activities hosted a seminar on "Tips for Career 
Advancement" for ADP alumnae/i at A. G. Edwards & 
Sons in Charlottesville on November 14- The seminar was 
presented by MBC Director of Career and Life Planning 
Diane Kent. 


Sei'eral MBC alumnae, staff and friends pose under the MBC 
tent on a beautiful sunny day at the 1996 Foxfield Steeplechase 

Brandon and Celia Flow Collins '61 enjoy a 
fun-filled day at the MBC tent for the Foxfield 

The Charlottesville area 
alumnae attended a wine 
and cheese party with 
the Executive Commit- 
tee of the MBC Alumnae 
Association Board of 
Directors on January 1 7 
at the Ivy Inn. Over 50 
alumnae, friends and staff 
enjoyed the event. 

Charlottesville area ADP alumnae/i enjoyed a holiday 
L' '/lering hosted by the MBC/PVCC Cooperative 
; '■-. igram and the Office of Alumnae Activities . 
I iurty-four ADP alumnae/i attended and heard a 
college update from Associate Dean for ADP Dr. 
Kathleen Stinehart and Executive Director of 
Alumnae Activities Jane G . Kornegay '83. 

Leni Sorensen '92 ADP, Alumnae Board Administrative 
Vice President Sue Whitlock '67, Alumnae Board 
Continuing Education Chair Betsy Byford '68, Melvin 
Mallory '93 ADP. and James and Arlane Crump '96 
ADP enjoy the Charlottesville wine and cheese at the Ivy 


Spring 1997 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Ursula Rayhrer '81 ADP, Katie Dyer Dudley '36 and Mildred Lapsley 
'39 enjoyed the Charlottesville wine & cheese with members of the 
Alumnae Board Executive Committee . 

Bill and Mollie Moomau Prominski '78 hosted a 
cocktail party at her home for members of the 
MBC Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. 
Mollie joined MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. 
Tyson during the event. 

Mary Wall Richardson Hood '88, Haley Johnson '86 and Lisa Derby 
'88 joined over 40 alumnae and spouses at a cocktail party at the 
home of Bill and Mollie Moomau Prominski '78. 

Alice Blair '86 and Paige Willhite Woolwine '88 
enjoyed catching up with one another at the Northern 
Virginia Alumnae Chapter cocktail party on 
September 23 . 


Twenty-five Norfolk and Virginia Beach alumnae and guests joined 
Executive Director of Alumnae Activities jane G. Komegay '83 and 
Director of Alumnae Projects Anne Holland '88 for a wine and 
cheese party at the home of Benjamin and Rachel Koser Cotuell '58 
on October 16. (l-r) Betsy Newman Mason '69, joined Prior 
Meade Cooper '62 and husband Gerry. 

Drewry Tatterson '93 (I) and Margie Thrift Green '72 
(r) enjoy being at the home of Rachel Koser Cottrell '58 
(center) during the Norfolk wine and cheese party. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1997 


The Richmond ADP 
Regional Office and 
MBC Office of Alumnae 
Activities hosted a 
Holiday Gathering for 
area ADP alumnae/i and 
current students. Over 20 
people attended a festive 
evening with Associate 
Dean for ADP Dr. 
Kathleen Stinehart and 
Executive Director of 
Alumnae Activities Jane 
G. Kornegay '83. 

Richmond area alumnae 
gathered for a summer 
evening at the Diamond. 
Though the Brave's game 
was canceled due to rain, 
the group of over 27 
alumnae, friends and 
family enjoyed dinner 
and catching up with one 

Assistant Director of 
Admissions Jennifer 
BriUhart '91 held a 
recruitment event on 
November 6 at 
Roanoke's Ground 
Round restaurant. 
Eleven people 
attended including 
MBC alumnae, Judy 
Lipes Garst '63, 
Alumnae Association 
Program Vice Presi- 
dent, Mary Jo Shilling 
Shannon '53, Alum- 
nae Board member, 
and Ann Pendleton 
Kincer '92. 

Richimmd area alumnae from the classes oj 1920 
to 1 955 attended an afternoon holiday tea at 
Westminster Canterbury . Alumnae Association 
President Sue Warfield Caples '60 joins tiro 
alumnae in attendance . 

The Richmond ADP Regional Center and Office of 
Alumnae Activities sponsored the second "Nibbles & 
Netvjorking" featuring speaker Dr. Amy D. Compton '89 
ADP, an MBC adjunct faculty memfcer. Dr. Compton 
discussed "Life after ADP. " 

VWIL cadet Trimble Bailey '99 was the featured 
speaker for a Roanoke alumnae luncheon at the 
Shenandoah Club. Over 20 area alumnae heard 
Trimble's remarks on MBC's Virginia Women's 
Institute /or Leadership, (l-r) Alumnae Association 
Program Vice President Judy Lipes Garst '63, 
Alumnae Board members Cyndi Phillips Fletcher 
'82 and Mary Jo Shilling Shannon '53 talked with 
Trimble after the luncheon. 

VWIL cadet Trimble Bailey '99 (center) poses with 
her grandmother Mrs. McConnell and her mother 
Denise Bailey after the Roanoke Chapter luncheon 
at the Shenandoah Club. 

nhers of the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter, Roanoke ADP faculty and members of the Executive Committee of 
* t iiC. .Alumnae Board gathered for a summer barbecue at the home of Peggy Weaver Crosson '67 (seated 


MDwiN College M.^gazine 

Roaiwke ADP alumnae/i and airrent satdents rang 
in the Christmas season uith a holiday gathering at 
the ADP Roanoke RegiormI Center. Associate 
Dean for ADP Dr. KatHeen Stinehan and 
Executiie Director of Alumnae Actiiitiesjane G. 
Korr\egay '83 attended. Here, ADP .Assistant 
Professor of Business Administration Dan Doudy 
talks uith ADP sttident Melissa Rowan and her 
parents. Melissa's mother, Ronda Rowan, is also a 
current ADP student. 

Roanoke area alumnae arui pienas enjoyed iuncii 
at the Shenar\doah Clid> with special guest MBC 
Associate Professor of History Dr. Mary Hill 
Cole, uho spoke on the traieb of Queen Elizabeth 
1 o/EngianJ. (l-r) Donrm Antonacci Knarr '93 
ADP, a friend and Kim Martin '91 ADP joined 
other Roanoke area ahimrme for the event. 

\iBC .Associate Professor of History Dr. Mary 
HiU Cole (center) talks uith Alumnae Board 
member Cyndi Phillips Fletcher '82 and her mother 
at the Shenanodah Clid). 

Katherine "Kitty" Holt Dozier '40 and 
Jennifer Southers Bocock '95 MAT joinai 
40 other Staunton. Wavnesboro and 
.Augusta County alumnae for Holiday Cheer 
on December 4 at the home of Mary Lou 

Student .Alumnae Parmership Cliair 
Courtney Strau- '97 and Alumnae 
Association President Sue Warfield 
Caples '60 haie a chance to talk at the 
Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta 
County alumnae gathering on Augiist 24 
Members of the MBC Alumnae Board 
E.xecutii^e Committee were special guests. 

Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County j.:iV7::'.j£. 
including Career Networking Chair Lynn Tuggie Gilliland 
'82, Alumnae Board Program Vice President Judy Upes 
Garst '63, honorary MBC alumna Mai>el Hirschbiel, 
EUzabeth Bourie '94 .MAT. Scdly Rule-Guinn '93 .M.AT 
arui Professor Emerita ofEn^sh Dr. Ethel M. Smeaic '53 
enjoyed a summer event at Dr. Smeak's home in Staunton. 

Staunton, Waynesboro 
and -Augusta County area 
alumnae met at the 
Pullman Restaurant to 
share in fun and fellow- 
ship at the first happy 
hour of the year on 
September 23, 1996. The 
group had a great turnout 
with 20 people in atten- 
dance. Special welcome 
was given to those who 
were first-time attendees. 

VA Schools Parties 

August 18, 1996 
Virginia Colleges Mixer 

August 24, 1996 
Fifth Annual 
of Virginia Party for 
1986-1996 alumni. 
MBC contact: 
Courtney Bell '89 

Febmar^- 1, 1997 
Xlll -Annual 
Commonwealth Day 


Febman- 8, 1997 

\ irginia Schools Parrs\ 

MBC contact: 

Coree Earle '91 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1997 


Slate of Nominees for the Alumnae Association Board of Directors 

Term oj Ufjiccjuly I , I'm to June M\ l^^^^^ 

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws o\ the Mary Baldwin College Alumnae Association. Article VII, Section 5, it no further 
nominations are received within 30 days, the slate shall be considered elected by consent. If additional nominations are received, the selection 
of the candidates will rest with the Nominating Committee of the Board o( Directors. 

PLEASE SEND NOMINATIONS TO: Nominating Committee, 0(hce of Alumnae Activities. Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401. 

Judy Lipes Garst '63, Salem, VA 
Aiinnntie Association: program vice 
president, chair of the former 
Admissions Committee of the 
Alumnae Board, admissions volunteer, 
chapter chair and co-chair, 
NETWORK participant. 
Career & Community; former middle 
school and substitute teacher, member 
of Virginia State and National Teachers 
Association, Standards of Quality 
Committee, committee to form Salem 
School System and Curriculum 
Committee, vice president and board 
member of the Scottish Society of 
Virginia Highlands, Salem Garden 
Club and active with the Salem 
Pre^hyreriMn Church. 


Catherine "Cat" Ferris McPherson 
78, Richmond, VA 
Alumnae Association: Alumnae Board 
member since 1991. Alumnae 
Involvement Committee chair, 
admissions volunteer, Chapter Steering 
Committee member and NETWORK 

Career & Community: business/ 
economics major. MBA from West 
Virginia University Graduate College, 
MBC assistant professor of business 
administration and coordinator of 
Richmond Adult Degree Program 
Regional Center; member of the 
American Marketing Association, 
Junior League of Richmond and St. 
James Episcopal Church. 


Lynn Tuggle Gilliland '80, 
Greenwood, SC 

Alumruit; Aissociadon: Career Network 
Committee chair, admissions 
volunteer, past class agent, alumnae 
chapter and NETWORK participant. 
Career & Community; mathematics 
major; MBA, University of North 
CaroiinaatChapel Hill, administrator 
of Greenwood Urological Associates, 
president of the South Carolina 
Urology Managers, membfr of 
MGMA. Kiwanis. Ch.:, 
Commerce and First Pr, ■ 


Sylvia Baldwin 76. Waynesboro, \ . - 

Alumnae A^soaauon: co-chair of &■ 
MHC Staunton Valley Alumn.... 

Chapter, member ot the Hu 


Career & Communiry: travel agent with 

Covington International Travel. 


Nancy Kunkle Carey '5 1 . 
Staunton, VA 

Alumnae Association, member of the 
Project Funding Committee, chapter 
participant and admissions volunteer. 
Career & Community: psychology 
major, former partner in Turtle Lane 
Antiques &. Gift Shop, member of 
WVPT Advisory Board. Staunton Fine 
Arts Board, Women of the Presbyterian 
Church, and former chair oi Cotillion 


Dana M. Flanders '82, Stauntun. VA 
AiummK Association: current treasurer 
of Alumnae Board and past secretary 
of the Staunton Valley Alumnae 
Chapter, admissions and reunion 
volunteer, and NETWORK 

Career & Community: business 
management major, currently in retail 
sales, member of Habitat for Humanity 
Women's Build. Staunton's 250th 
Birthday Committee and Trinity 
Episcopal Church choir. 


Dorian Akerman '92 PEG. 

Falls Church, VA 

Ahimnae Association: admissions 

Career & Community: mathematics 
major, political science and business 
administration minors; master of 
science in accounting. The University 
of Virginia; Beta Alpha Psi National 
Accounting Honor Fraternity graduate 
advisor, financial and management 
consultant and consultant/manager 
with DCI Publishing, INC.; member of 
Chamber of Commerce and 
Presbyterian Church. 


Gloucester, VA 

■ ■■:.ic Association: member of 

ung Committee. NETWORK 

, ui and former class agent. 

, ""'^Comjnuniry: political science 

■ ':-:'r League of Hampton 

Jiiectors of Peninsula 

n Roads Academy 

1- mher; and secretary 


Janet Haddrell Connors '65, 

Tampa, FL 

Alumnae Association; Alumnae 

Involvement Committee member; 

admissions volunteer, chapter 

participant, former member of the 

MBC Advisory Board of Visitors. 

NETWORK participant. 

Career & Communit\: mathematics 

major, Berkeley Preparation School 

library assistant. 

Diahann "Buffy" DeBreaux '93. 
Staunton. VA 

Alumnae Association: member of 
Annual Giving Committee; chapter 
and NETWORK participant. 
Career & Community: theater major. 
director of Staunton Office of Youth- 
Kelly Virginia Huffman Ellis '80. 
Roanoke. VA 

Alumnae Association: chapter 
participant, former class agent. 
Career & Community: psychology 
major. Junior League of Roanoke 
Valley; membership vice president, 
president-elect; board member of 
Family Violence Coalition, active with 

Kathleen Ann Jones Flynn '83. 
Destrehan, LA 

Alumnae Associanon: class agent and 
homecoming participant. 
Career & Community: business 
management major, former sales 
manager in the beverage industry, vice 
president of the Beta Sigma Phi 
Sorority, ABC Quilts coordinator. 
Meals on Wheels, P.R. coordinator for 

Margaret Hambrick Glaze '91. 
Raleigh. NC 

Alumnae Association: admissions 
volunteer and NETWORK participant. 
Career (Sf Community: communications 
major; director of Alumnae Affairs. St 
Mary's College; member of the Council 
for Advancement &. Support of 
Education; member of the First 
Presbyterian Church, 

Judith Payne Grey '65. Montclair, NJ 

Alumnae Association: admissions 

volunteer, former member of the MBC 

Advisory Board of Visitors, admissions 

volunteer, chapter and NETWORK 


Career & Communitv; French major; 

MBA, Columbia University School of 

planning; director of Marketing 
Fragrance Division, Haarmann Si 
Reimer Corporation; cosmetic 
executive, Women, Fragrance 
Foundation; active with Presbyterian 

Margaret Ann Troutman Grover '84, 

Macon. GA 

Alumnae Association: admissions 

volunteer, chapter and NETWORK 

participant. Leadership Forum 


Career 6? Community: chemistry major; 

MPA, Georgia College; Master of 

Science in logistics in management 

administration. Georgia College &. 


Career & Communitji: civil servant, 

Department of Defense, Defense 

Reutilization and Marketing Office; 

member of American Society of Public 

Administrators, Federally Employed 

Women and Federal Women's Program 


Sarah Huntington Shanklin 
McComas '73. Georgetown, TX 
Alumnae Association: chapter volunteer. 
Career d^Cojnmuniiy: working towards 
a Master's/Ph.D. in English; former 
professional actress/singer; former 
member of the Junior League of New 
York and Baltimore. 

Carmen Holden McHaney '73, 
Little Rock, AR 

Alumnae Association; member of the 
Continuing Education Committee, 
admissions volunteer, chapter and 
NETWORK participant. 
Career & Community: public relations 
marketing manager with Arkansas 
Easter Seal Society; member Little 
Rock Arts & Humanities Commission. 

Ann Etheridge Shaw Miller '54, 
Raleigh, NC 

Alumnae Association: board member 
since 1992, member of the Alumnae 
Involvement and Continuing 
Education Committees, Alumnae 
Board secretary, admissions volunteer, 
Homecoming Events co-chair, class 
agent, NETWORK participant. 
Career & Communit;y; library science. 
East Carolina University, retired 
curriculum development specialist and 
Magnet coordinator Wake County 
schools; AAUW and ADKE 
Educational Sotority. NCAE. ACT, 

PACE, Who's Who m American Co/leges; 
active with Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

Bonnie Tuggle Miller '76. 
Richmond. VA 

Alumnae Association: homecoming 
reunion chair, admissions volunteer, 
NETWORK participant. 
Career & Community: master's Duke 
University; partner. The BrowriMiller 
Group, career counseling & career 
management; member and chapter 
president of American Society for 
Training & Development, founding 
Board member of Association of 
Psychological Type, member of 
Leadership Metro Richmond. PTA 
member of William Fox Model and 
Binford Middle Schools, and 
Commonwealth Parenting Center. 

Harriet Warren Barksdale Runkle '94 
MAT. Sewanee, TN 
Alumnae Association; member of 
Continuing Education Committee. 
Career & Community : educator, former 
MBC director of alumnae projects, 
member National Association of 
Educators for Young Children. 
Staunton Office on Youth, editorial 
assistant for Seu^anee Theological Review. 

Betsey Gallagher Satterfield '66. 

Lewisburg, WV 

Alumnae Association: member of 

Homecoming Committee, admissions 

volunteer, NETWORK participant, 

reunion co-chair. 

Career & Community: psychology 

major, retired teacher, former President 

of MBC Parents Council, active in 

numerous local organizations. 

Bonnie Jean Brackett Weaver '71, 
West Palm Beach, ¥1 
Alumnae Association; co-chair Reunion 
Giving Committee, admissions 

Career & Community': political science 
major; M.A. International Studies, 
Florida State University; assistant 
director for Florida grants at The John 
D. & Catherine T MacArthur 
Foundation Palm Beach County Grants 
Office; member of Cultural Planning 
Committee of the Palm Beach County 
Cultural Council; chair of the Center 
for Creative Education Board of 
Directors; active member of Holy 
Trinity Episcopal Church school board. 


The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Scholarships — 
helping young women turn 

dreams into 

Clarissa Lara '93 

recipient of the Sviych Foundation Scholarship 

• from Rockport, Texas 

• majored in international relations 

• as the director of development for LULAC, 
the nonprofit educational arm of the League of 
United Latin American Citizens in Washington, 
D.C., she oversees the organization's 1 1 educational 
centers and secures corporate funding for the 
educational programs 

• plans to get an MBA 

• dreams of starting a nonprofit organization for 
leadership development for minority students 

1 can't even begin to tell you how much the Smyth 
Scholarship has meant. It came at a time when I 
needed financial support, and my father had said 
that if I didnt receive more financial aid that year, 
I woidd not he going hack to Mary Baldwin. I told 
my financial aid officer my predicament, and it just 
so happened that the Smyths were coming in that 
day. I was one of the first students they helped. 
They made a big difference in my life and still 
continue to, because we stay in contact. " 

The Smyth Foundation Scholarship 

was established in 1990 by Gordon and Mary Beth Smyth '47. 


Colleen Aydlott 

recipient of the 1 997 Waldrop Scholarship 

• freshman from Newport News, Virginia 

• majoring in biochemistry, minoring 
in health care administration 

• volunteers at the Virginia Living 
Museum in Newport News, Virginia 

• her dream since she was five years old 
has been to be an emergency room 

This scholarship literally made the difference 
between my being able to go to school or 
not go to school. '' 

The Waldrop Scholarship was established in 1995 
by Louis S. and Harriett IVliddleton Waldrop '48. 

• You can help, too, by supporting one 
of the many scholarship funds at 
Mary Baldwin, or by establishing a 
scholarship fund of your own. 
For more information, contact 
the Office of Institutional Advancement, 
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, 
540 •887 •7011. 

The Mary BALDWih4 College Magazine • Spring 1997 








PERMIT #106 




By July 19917 every building on 
• -camgus'%iMlH>e connected by a ' 
7 • ^e pathway bringing... 

•^. ■ Internet access tcf^Svery dorm room, 

faculty and staff office, and most classrooms 

■ Cable access to every dorm room, with 
four MBC channels, an MBC bulletin board, 
and approximately 30 general viewing 

■ Improved telephone service, including 
L voicemail 

9882 8075